Polar Biology

, Volume 28, Issue 7, pp 523–527 | Cite as

Temperature effects on summer growth rates in the Antarctic scallop, Adamussium colbecki

  • Olaf Heilmayer
  • Cornelia Honnen
  • Ute Jacob
  • Mariachiara Chiantore
  • Riccardo Cattaneo-Vietti
  • Thomas Brey
Original Paper


Annual growth rates of Antarctic marine organisms are low compared to their relatives from warmer waters. Previous studies hypothesise that high food availability during austral spring–summer may enable Antarctic invertebrates to attain comparatively high short-term growth rates despite the low temperature. Neither a temperature-growth experiment with juvenile Adamussium colbecki (Smith 1902) nor the comparison of A. colbecki summer growth rates with an empirical scallop specific growth-to-temperature relationship could confirm this hypothesis. Hence, summer growth rates of young, immature A. colbecki are strongly affected by temperature, i.e. no “uncoupling” from temperature.


Adamussium colbecki Antarctic scallop Growth Growth rate Temperature 



We thank the members of the Italian Antarctic Research station ‘Terra Nova Bay’, especially the ‘Malippo’-Crew and the divers for sampling of animals. Daniela Storch (AWI) helped during several aspects of the study. This research has been carried out—thanks to the support of the Italian National Program for Antarctic Research (PNRA) and the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI). The manuscript benefited greatly from the comments of Andrew Clarke (British Antarctic Survey), Alex Sukhotin (White Sea Biological Station) and an anonymous reviewer.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Olaf Heilmayer
    • 1
    • 2
  • Cornelia Honnen
    • 3
  • Ute Jacob
    • 1
  • Mariachiara Chiantore
    • 4
  • Riccardo Cattaneo-Vietti
    • 4
  • Thomas Brey
    • 1
  1. 1.Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine ResearchBremerhavenGermany
  2. 2.Department of Biological SciencesFlorida Atlantic UniversityBoca RatonUSA
  3. 3.Gymnasium WesermündeBremerhavenGermany
  4. 4.DIP.TE.RIS Dipartimento per lo Studio del Territorio e delle sue RisorseUniversità di Genova, Viale Benedetto XVGenovaItaly

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