Marine Biology

, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 235–247

Carbon requirements of a population of the estuarine copepod Eurytemora affinis

  • D. R. Heinle
  • D. A. Flemer
Article

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.

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© Springer-Verlag 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. R. Heinle
    • 1
  • D. A. Flemer
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Environmental and Estuarine Studies, Chesapeake Biological LaboratoryUniversity of MarylandSolomonsUSA

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