Effects of natural food availability on larval condition of Balanus glandula in the laboratory and the field

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Title: Effects of natural food availability on larval condition of Balanus glandula in the laboratory and the field
Author: Schultz, Jule Jacob, 1977-
Abstract: Food availability in the coastal oceanic environment off Oregon was shown to limit energy reserves and developmental rates of barnacle nauplii in some experiments but not others. In laboratory studies, when naupliar feeding rates measured by gut contents and fecal pellet production rates were similar for larvae raised on natural and supplemented rations, larval lipid content and development were similar between these rations (2 trials). When feeding rates of nauplii differed between food treatments so did lipid content and development (2 trials). A parallel study sampled lipid content and size of naturally occurring larvae and chlorophyll-a in the water column. While chlorophyll-a was an accurate measure of food availability measured by fecal pellet production, it explained little (2-4%) of the variation in cyprid quality. Efforts to understand variation in quality of natural populations of larvae will need to combine the effects of genetic variation, feeding history, and food quality.
Description: 73 p. OIMB MS ThesisA print copy of this title is available through University of Oregon's Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, under the call number: OIMB QL444.C58 S34 2005
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1794/3718
Date: 2005


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