AME 28:289-297 (2002)  -  doi:10.3354/ame028289

Growth and grazing rates of the prostomatid ciliate Tiarina fusus on red-tide and toxic algae

Hae Jin Jeong1,*, Joo Yih Yoon1, Jae Seong Kim1, Young Du Yoo1, Kyeong Ah Seong2

1Department of Oceanography, College of Ocean Science and Technology, and
2Red Tide Research Center, Kunsan National University, Kunsan 573-701, South Korea

ABSTRACT: We investigated growth and grazing rates of the prostomatid ciliate Tiarina fusus when feeding on several species of red-tide and/or toxic algae (RTA). T. fusus ingested the dinoflagellates Lingulodinium polyedrum, Scrippsiella trochoidea, Heterocapsa triquetra, Prorocentrum minimum, Amphidinium carterae, and the raphidophyte Heterosigma akashiwo, but rarely consumed the dinoflagellate Ceratium fusus, and did not feed on the dinoflagellate Prorocentrum micans. T. fusus exhibited positive growth on L. polyedrum, S. trochoidea, and H. akashiwo. Specific growth rates of T. fusus increased rapidly with increasing density of L. polyedrum, S. trochoidea, and H. akashiwo before saturating between 500 and 1000 ngC ml-1. Maximum specific growth rate of T. fusus feeding on L. polyedrum (0.47 d-1) was much higher than when feeding on S. trochoidea (0.13 d-1) or H. akashiwo (0.10 d-1). Threshold prey concentrations (where net growth = 0) for L. polyedrum, S. trochoidea, and H. akashiwo were 34 to 160 ngC ml-1. Maximum ingestion rates of T. fusus on L. polyedrum, S. trochoidea, and H. akashiwo were 23.4, 10.2, and 6.5 ngC predator-1 d-1, respectively, while maximum clearance rates were 4.5, 0.2, and 0.6 μl predator-1 h-1, respectively. T. fusus exhibited comparable or higher maximum growth, ingestion, and clearance rates than previously reported for the mixotrophic dinoflagellate Fragilidium cf. mexicanum or the heterotrophic dinoflagellates Protoperidinium cf. divergens and P. crassipes, when grown on the same prey species. Grazing coefficients calculated by combining field data on abundances of T. fusus and co-occurring RTA with laboratory data on ingestion rates obtained in the present study suggest that T. fusus sometimes has a considerable grazing impact on the populations of H. akashiwo.

KEY WORDS: Dinoflagellate · Feeding · Harmful algal bloom · Ingestion · Protist · Raphidophyte

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