Roff, J.C.,; Turner, J.T.; Webber, Mona, K.; Hopcroft, R.R.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Life Sciences (Botany and Zoology); Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences
Bacterivory by tropical copepod naupilii: Extent and possible significance
Aquatic Microbial Ecology
Date of Publication
Presents data and basic arguments in order to construct a prima facie case for the significance of the nauplius stage and to evaluate its possible role as an intermediary between the microbial food web (MFW) and the 'classical' (=grazing) food web. In studies of planktonic food webs along a trophic gradient from eutrophic harbour through coastal to oligotrophic oceanic waters off Jamaica, bacterivory by nauplii of 11 representative copepod taxa were studied using fluorescently labelled bacteria. Suggests that since naupliar production in oceanic waters is at least 50 to 60% of copepodite production, the ecological importance of copepod nauplii in oceanic waters has been underestimated greatly.....