Acrocalanus gracilis (Copepoda: Calanoida) development and production in the Timor Sea

Gusmão, Luiz Felipe Mendes, and McKinnon, A. David (2009) Acrocalanus gracilis (Copepoda: Calanoida) development and production in the Timor Sea. Journal of Plankton Research, 31 (9). pp. 1089-1100.

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We investigated the juvenile development of the calanoid copepod Acrocalanus gracilis in the Timor Sea. The development was characterized by the calculation of stage-specific duration, median development time, moulting period duration, moult and growth rates. The morphometry of the experimental and wild populations were compared. Food concentrations in the experiment were lower than those in the field, and resulted in smaller animals than those in the field. Somatic growth (0.44 day21) was log-linear throughout the development, but moulting rates slowed with time. The development of A. gracilis was similar to other paracalanids, and conforms to the equiproportional model. Trophic resources seem to play an important role in controlling the developmental features and morphometry of Acrocalanus in tropical environments.

Item ID: 5509
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1464-3774
Keywords: marine biology, marine ecology, acrocalanus, development, production
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2009 23:33
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 34%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050102 Ecosystem Function @ 33%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 33%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 33%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960507 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments @ 33%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences @ 34%
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