MEPS 489:297-298 (2013)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/meps10522

COMMENT
Female-biased sex ratios in marine pelagic copepods: Comment on Gusmão et al. (2013)

A. G. Hirst1,*, D. Bonnet2, D. V. P. Conway3, T. Kiørboe4

1School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Queen Mary University of London, London E1 4NS, UK
2Laboratoire ECOSYM, UMR5119, Université Montpellier 2, CC093, Place Eugène Bataillon, 34095 Montpellier Cedex 05, France
3Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, Plymouth, Devon PL1 2PB, UK
4National Institute for Aquatic Resources, Oceanography Section, Technical University of Denmark, 2920 Charlottenlund, Denmark

ABSTRACT: Gusmão et al. (2013; Mar Ecol Prog Ser 482:279-298) review causes of sex ratio skew in pelagic copepods and in doing so repeatedly dispute the paper of Hirst et al. (2010) ‘Does predation control adult sex ratios and longevities in marine pelagic copepods?’ Here we respond to some important errors in their citation of our paper and briefly highlight where future work is needed in order to attribute the causes of strong sex ratio skew seen in some copepod families.


KEY WORDS: Predation · Physiological longevity · Sex ratio skew


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Cite this article as: Hirst AG, Bonnet D, Conway DVP, Kiørboe T (2013) Female-biased sex ratios in marine pelagic copepods: Comment on Gusmão et al. (2013). Mar Ecol Prog Ser 489:297-298. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps10522

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