Observations of copepod feeding and vertical distribution under natural turbulent conditions in the North Sea

Andre Visser, H. Saito, E. Saiz, Thomas Kiørboe

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We present results of simultaneous measurements of turbulent- dissipation rate, zooplankton vertical distribution and copepod gut pigments in the northern North Sea. Analysis shows that some, but not all, copepods (by species, sex and stage) exhibit significant dependence on turbulence in respect to Vertical distribution and feeding rate. Oithona similis (female and copepodite stages) exhibits an avoidance of the surface layer when turbulence is strong there. For the range of turbulence (10(-7) to 10(-3) m(2) s(-3)) and ambient chlorophyll concentration (0.5-0.8 mug l(-1)) encountered, Calanus spp. and Metridia lucens exhibited a significant negative response in feeding-rate index with increasing turbulence. Centropages typicus and Pseudocalanus spp, also exhibited a negative response but of less significance.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMarine Biology
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)1011-1019
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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