MEPS 164:245-252 (1998)  -  doi:10.3354/meps164245

Adult female harpacticoid copepods maintain their energy reserves by feeding while suspended during storms

Keith Suderman, David Thistle*

Department of Oceanography, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida 32306-4320, USA
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Adult females of some species of benthic harpacticoid copepods maintain their neutral-lipid energy reserves while suspended by storms. To determine whether they do so by feeding in the water column or by reducing their metabolic rate, we subjected harpacticoids from a coastal site (29°51'N, 84°31'W) to laboratory conditions that crossed factors of food and no food with suspension and no suspension. Adult females maintained their neutral-lipid levels when food was present and experienced a loss of neutral lipids when food was absent, whether suspended or not, demonstrating that adult female harpacticoid copepods maintain their neutral-lipid energy reserves when suspended by storms by feeding in the water column.


Meiofauna · Harpacticoida · Storms · Disturbance


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