, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 235-247

Carbon requirements of a population of the estuarine copepod Eurytemora affinis

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Abstract

The production of algae in the Patuxent River estuary (Maryland, USA) was much less than the carbon requirements of a population of the calanoid copepod Eurytemora affinis. Detrital carbon was present in quantities that suggest turnover times of 8 to 83 days for this pool, assuming that all algal production was consumed by E. affinis. We hypothesize that E. affinis must consume detritus to meet a part of its requirements for energy.