The importance of temperature and lipid accumulation for initiation and duration of Calanus hyperboreus spawning

Mads Schultz, Torkel Gissel Nielsen, Eva Friis Møller*

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Large, lipid-storing copepods play a central role in marine Arctic ecosystems. Knowledge of the mechanisms that control their oogenesis is important for understanding their phenology and population dynamics. We investigated the impact of female lipid content on the timing and cumulative egg production (EP) of Calanus hyperboreus at 0, 3 and 6°C. The lipid content of females in early autumn was a good predictor of their EP potential. However, we saw no indication of a threshold in lipid content for initiation of spawning. Higher temperature resulted in 17 and 24 days earlier spawning at 3 and 6°C compared with 0°C, and the mean spawning duration was 8 and 30 days shorter, respectively. This illustrates that temperature affects the phenology of C. hyperboreus. When EP began, lipid metabolism increased 2–4 times. The females allocated 1.3 μg lipid per egg independent of temperature. However, the basic metabolism increased with increasing temperature; consequently, a smaller fraction of lipid was allocated for EP when the temperature increased.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberfbaa003
JournalJournal of Plankton Research
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)159-171
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Calanus hyperboreus
  • Egg production
  • Lipid
  • Phenology
  • Spawning

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