Cloeon dipterum (Mayfly):  

Predictions & Data for this entry

Model:  hep  

MRE = 0.098
SMSE = 0.130

Zero-variate data
ab 10 9.247 (0.0753)dage at birthWiki
tj152.6 152.9 (0.001919)dtime since birth at emergence for femaleCian1979
tj_m140.4 150.7 (0.07306)dtime since birth at emergence for maleCian1979
am 15 14.99 (0.0009205)dlife spanWiki
Lj0.93 0.9318 (0.001954)cmbody length female imagoCian1979
Lj_m0.84 0.8009 (0.04653)cmbody length male imagoCian1979
Wd00.0006 0.0006016 (0.002602)mginitial dry weight guess
Wwj13.6 10.97 (0.1933)mgwet weight female subimagoCian1979
Wwj_m8.2 8.134 (0.008084)mgwet weight male subimagoCian1979
Nj450 455.7 (0.01257)#/dcumulative # of eggsBekeLies2005
Uni-variate data
DatasetFigure(RE)Independent variableDependent variableReference
tL see Fig. 1 (5.01)time since birthlengthGutpMich1993
tL_f see Fig. 2 (0.1764)time since birthlengthCian1979
tL_m see Fig. 2 (0.1338)time since birthlengthCian1979
tW_f see Fig. 3 (0.1572)time since birthwet weight^{1/3}Cian1979
tW_m see Fig. 3 (0.1244)time since birthwet weight^{1/3}Cian1979
WJO_f see Fig. 4 (0.2545)wet weightO_2 consumptionCian1979
WJO_m see Fig. 4 (0.3018)wet weightO_2 consumptionCian1979
Pseudo-data at Tref
DataGeneralised animalCloeon dipterumUnitDescription
v 0.02 0.004074cm/denergy conductance
kap 0.8 0.9716-allocation fraction to soma
kap_R 0.95 0.95-reproduction efficiency
p_M 18 518.1J/^3vol-spec som maint
k_J 0.002 0.0021/dmaturity maint rate coefficient
kap_G 0.8 0.8046-growth efficiency


  • The only ovoviviparous ephemeropteran species in Europe; Females lay eggs 1014 days after mating, and the eggs hatch as soon as they hit the water (ref: Wiki)
  • Dry weight in mg = 0.001 * (body length in mm)^3.6802 (ref: Cian1979)
  • Females are 10
  • Weights-at-stages and moulting frequency are unaffected by food quality, but duration is (so is the total number of moults) (ref: Cian1979)
  • Larval moults are 5
  • Wet/dry weight ratio is about 3 (ref: Cian1979)


  • Puberty is assumed to coincide with end of acceleration
  • Males are assumed to differ from females by {p_Am} only
  • tL and tW data are from wild-catch of unknown time since birth
  • tL data of GutpMich1993 were excluded, because pattern is very different and a lot of mortality near the end of the experiment; moreover instar cannot mean moult; Cian1979 saw many more moults


  • [Wiki]
  • [BekeLies2005] M. A. Beketov and M. Liess. Acute contamination with esfenvalerate and food limitation: Chronic effects on the mayfly, Cloeon dipterum. volume 24, pages 1281--1286, 2005.
  • [Cian1979] S. Cianciara. Some study on the biology and bioenergetics of Cloeon dipterum (L.). pages 175--192, 1979.
  • [GutpMich1993] S. Gupta, R. G. Michael, and A. Gupta. Laboratory studies on the life cycle and growth of Cloeon sp. (Ephemeroptera: Baetidae) in Meghalaya State, India. Aquatic Insects, 15:49--55, 1993.
  • [Kooy2010] S.A.L.M. Kooijman. Dynamic Energy Budget theory for metabolic organisation. Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge, 2010.

Bibtex files with references for this entry

Bas Kooijman, 2016/05/12 (last modified by Bas Kooijman, Starrlight Augustine 2017/04/05)

accepted: 2017/04/05

refer to this entry as: AmP Cloeon dipterum version 2017/04/05