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Modern-day Clear Lake is a turbulent, turbid, permanent, polymictic lake. It is also a highly productive fresh-water lake whose dominant solutes are Mg2+ + Ca2+ – HCO3 . The lake has a diverse and abundant limnetic community, yet has a depauperate benthic community. The benthic community structure appears to be ecologically simple as the result of turbulence-induced substrate instability coupled with unpredictable periods of anoxia induced by the oxygen-consuming organic matter. Ostracodes, which are ubiquitous, largely benthic, environmentally sensitive, and diverse organisms, are represented in Clear Lake only by the nektic species Cypria ophtalmica. The...

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