Gelatinous larvacean zooplankton can enhance trophic transfer and carbon sequestration

Cornelia Jaspers*, R.R. Hopcroft, T. Kiørboe, F. Lombard, A. López-Urrutia, J.D. Everett, A.J. Richardson

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Larvaceans are gelatinous zooplankton abundant throughout the ocean. Larvaceans have been overlooked in research because they are difficult to collect and perceived as being unimportant in biogeochemical cycles and food-webs. We synthesize evidence that their unique biology enables larvaceans to transfer more carbon to higher trophic levels and deeper into the ocean than commonly appreciated. Larvaceans could become even more important in the Anthropocene because they eat small phytoplankton that are predicted to become more prevalent under climate change, thus moderating projected future declines in ocean productivity and fisheries. We identify critical knowledge gaps and argue that larvaceans should be incorporated into ecosystem assessments and biogeochemical models to improve predictions of the future ocean.
Original languageEnglish
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Issue number10
Pages (from-to)980-993
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2023


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