Propagation of planktonic copepods: production and mortality of eggs

Thomas Kiørboe, Flemming Møhlenberg, Peter Tiselius

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Data on fecundity and egg mortality of neritic copepods were collected in various seasons, areas and under various hydrographical conditions. On a seasonal basis variations in fecundity (F) were related to temperature rather than to the abundance of phytoplankton (P). However, a strong correlation between F and P was evident when water column stability varied horisontally or temporally (i.e. at a tidal front or subsequent to a storm). Estimated specific egg-mortalities were variable and occasionally very severe, up to 9.1 d−1, implying that down to 10−4% of the eggs survive to hatching. The implications for phenology and distribution of copepods are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiology of Copepods
Place of PublicationDordrecht
PublisherWolters Kluwer
Publication date1988
Publication statusPublished - 1988


  • Copepods
  • Egg-production
  • Egg mortality
  • Distribution
  • Phenology


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