Zooplankton of Western Cape Cod Bay
The coastal Zooplankton of western Cape Cod Bay is described. Copepods were the dominant zooplankters, with two species, Acartia clausi and A. tonsa, particularly evident. Offshore samples Indicated that bivalve larvae originating north of the power station tend to drift south toward the station. During the day copepods and bivalve larvae showed greater densities at depths.
Comparison of Cape Cod Bay Zooplankton abundance with that of the more estuarine Mount Hope Bay, a short distance to the south, revealed much higher average densities in the latter area. This differential, in part, is probably attributable to higher nutrient levels and greater phytoplankton food stocks in Mount Hope Bay.
KeywordsMytilus Edulis Offshore Station Copepod Population High Average Density Spisula Solidissima
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