Impact of a Dinophysis acuminata Bloom on the Copepod Acartia clausi: first indications
UNIVERSAL IDENTIFIER: http://hdl.handle.net/11093/3689
UNESCO SUBJECT: 2510.01 Oceanografía Biológica ; 2401.19 Zoología Marina ; 2401.06 Ecología Animal
DOCUMENT TYPE: article
Faecal pellet production and content along with egg production of the dominant copepod species Acartia clausi were studied in the Thermaikos Gulf (NW Aegean Sea) during a pre-bloom and a bloom of the toxic dinoflagellate Dinophysis acuminata. Both faecal pellet production (6.8–8.6 ind−1 d−1) and egg production (15.8–47.6 ind−1 d−1) appeared unrelated to the D. acuminata bloom. Less than 11% of the copepod faecal pellets contained one or two D. acuminata cells, almost intact, whereas the other material in the pellets was broken into small pieces or amorphous shapes. The toxin outflux seemed to be insignificant when compared to the mean toxin concentration from the whole D. acuminata population. Finally, the potential grazing impact of A. clausi on D. acuminata during the study period was low.
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