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Bacteria as food for marine harpacticoid copepods

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Feeding experiments were carried out on the harpacticoid copepods Tisbe holothuriae and Paramphiascella vararensis, using various species of marine and brackish water bacteria as food. Short-term experiments with 3H-labelled bacteria are described, as well as experiments covering longer periods of time using non-labelled, dried bacteria. Results show that for both T. holothuriae and P. vararensis, the amount of dry bacteria consumed ranged from 2.06 to 7.07 μg copepod-1 day-1, indicating a carbon requirement of 1 to 3.5 μg copepod-1 day-1. The food value of the bacteria strains tested is given in terms of the generation time of the copepods raised on these bacteria.

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Rieper, M. Bacteria as food for marine harpacticoid copepods. Mar. Biol. 45, 337–345 (1978). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00391820

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