Gut clearance rate as predictor of food limitation situations. Application to two estuarine copepods:Acartia bifilosa and Eurytemora affinis

X Irigoien, J Castel, S Gasparini
1996 Marine Ecology Progress Series  
Gut clearance rate-temperature relationships were determined in laboratory conditions, with tood in excess, and in the field to assess possible food limitat~on situations for 2 estuarine copepods, Eurytemora affinis and Acartia bdilosa. From the comparison of these relationships, it appeared that A. bifilosa was food limited whereas E. affinis was not. The gut clearance rate-temperature regressions obtained with nonsaturating food were not significantly diFferent from the one obtained by Dam &
more » ... eterson (J exp mar Biol Ecol 123:l-14, 1988) for several copepod species. Consequently, we conclude that this regression can be employed as referc,nce.
doi:10.3354/meps131159 fatcat:w3mn4k664nau3mvfz25iuzdwje