, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 202-204

Remating in a planktonic marine calanoid copepod

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Abstract

The knowledge that the initial mating in planktonic copepods may be inadequate to permit realization of a female's total reproductive potential, and that remating can occur, has important implications for both population dynamics and speciation studies. Acartia tonsa Dana females in controlled laboratory experiments were successfully remated after becoming totally infertile following approximately 3 weeks of highly fertile production. Large numbers of viable nauplii resulted from these second matings.

Communicated by J. Bunt, Miami