Lake flies and the deep-water demersal fish community of Lake Malawi

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1996
Authors:K. Irvine, Allison, E. H. , Thompson, A. B.
Journal:Journal of Fish Biology
Keywords:benthic, Chaoborus edulis, cichlids, diet, Lake Malawi

Larvae and pupae of Chaoborus edulis may be the most important food resource of some deep-water demersal fish species in southern Lake Malawi. C. edulis feed on crustacean zooplankton, which in turn feed on phytoplankton. Hence, demersal fish production is supported directly by planktonic primary production, rather than through a detrital food chain.

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