|Dormancy in rotifers|
Gilbert, J.J. (1974). Dormancy in rotifers. Trans. Am. Microsc. Soc. 93(4): 490-513
In: Transactions of the American Microscopical Society. Blackwell Publishing: Lawrence, Kan., etc.,. ISSN 0003-0023, more
Eggs; Environmental effects; Bdelloidea [WoRMS]; Monogononta [WoRMS]; Rotifera [WoRMS]; Fresh water
Dormancy in bdelloid rotifers pertains to the ability of adults to survive in a frozen or desiccated state. Morphological, cytological, physiological, and ecological aspects of this cryptobiosis are discussed. Dormancy in monogonont rotifers usually is a feature of the fertilized resting egg. The structure and development of resting eggs are described. The hatching of these eggs and its control are considered in detail. Resting-egg production is a result of mictic-female production, which is controlled by different environmental factors in different rotifers. Recent literature on this subject is reviewed. An hypothesis on the relationship between the population dynamics of a rotifer and the type of environmental factor inducing dormancy is briefly presented.