Original paper

Life history, feeding and secondary production of two Nemouroidea species (Plecoptera, Insecta) in a temporary stream of the Southern Iberian Peninsula

López-Rodríguez, M.J. Tiernode Figueroa


We studied some ecological aspects of two taxa of Nemouroidean stoneflies (Tyrrhenoleuctra sp. and Brachyptera vera cordubensis) from a seasonal stream in Southern Europe. Tyrrhenoleuctra sp. shows a univoltine life cycle with a nymphal dormancy during the drought, and a long flight period. The eggs of this species are fully developed when laid, and hatch rapidly after laying, indicating a certain degree of ovoviviparism. The first instar nymph is described for the first time. In contrast, B. vera cordubensis shows a fast seasonal univoltine life cycle with an egg dormancy. The feeding behaviour study reveals that Tyrrhenoleuctra sp. can be catalogued mainly as a gatherer-collector while B. vera cordubensis can be classified mainly as a scraper, although neither of them belong solely to a single functional group. No significant changes are detected in the diet in relation to nymphal size, although larger individuals of B. vera cordubensis ingest more CPOM than small ones. Both taxa had similar biomass, but B. vera cordubensis had a higher secondary production and annual P/B rate.


tyrrhenoleuctra spbrachyptera vera cordubensisseasonal streamlife cyclegrowthtrophic behavioursecondary production