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Utilization of blue-green algae by larvae of shore flies
Foote, B.A. (1977). Utilization of blue-green algae by larvae of shore flies. Environ. Entomol. 6(6): 812-814
In: Environmental entomology. Entomological Society of America: College Park, Md.. ISSN 0046-225X; e-ISSN 1938-2936
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  • Foote, B.A.

    Twelve species of shore flies have larvae that can utilize blue-green algae (Cyanophyceae) as food. Setacera atrovirens (Loew) and S. pacifica (Cresson) were reared from Nostoc and Anabaena, respectively. Scatella stagnalis (Fallén) was obtained from Nostoc colonies. Larvae of 3 species of Hyadina, 4 species of Lytogaster, and Pelina truncatula Loew were reared from colonies of soil-inhabiting species of Cylindrospermum. Larvae of Axysta cesta (Haliday) were found in a colony of Lyngbya growing on moist tree leaves near a shaded pond. Species of Hyadina, Lytogaster, and Axysta appear to be trophic specialists, as they have been reared only from colonies of blue-green algae. In contrast, the 2 Setacera species and S. stagnalis are polyphagous, having been found to ingest a wide mix of cells belonging to several different algal classes.

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