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Grazing rates of a calanoid copepod (Paralabidocera antarctica) in a continental Antarctic lake

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Swadling, KM and Gibson, JAE (2000) Grazing rates of a calanoid copepod (Paralabidocera antarctica) in a continental Antarctic lake. Polar Biology, 23 (5). pp. 301-308. ISSN 0722-4060

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Abstract

The presence of crustaceans in some Antarctic
lakes adds a level of complexity to the food webs of these
environments. The grazing pressure of the crustaceans on
phytoplankton and other protists, and the role they play
in controlling food web structure, has not yet been ex-
amined in any detail. This paper presents the ®rst data on
grazing pressure of crustacean zooplankton in conti-
nental Antarctic lakes. In this study the grazing rates of
Paralabidocera antarctica in saline Ace Lake, Vestfold
Hills, were assessed using a radio-tracer method. Clear-
ance rates ranged from approximately 1 to 8 ml ind.)1
day)1, depending on developmental stage. Due to their
high abundance, nauplii exhibited the highest daily car-
bon ingestion rates. The population cleared about 3% of
the water column per day, accounting for a signi®cant
fraction of primary production. P. antarctica has a con-
siderable impact on the carbon cycle in Ace Lake and, by
inference, in the other lakes in which it occurs.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Polar Biology
Page Range: pp. 301-308
ISSN: 0722-4060
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1007/s003000050449
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Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2009 01:47
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:25
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