Assimilation of carbon from a rotifer by the mussels Mytilus edulis and Perna viridis: a potential food-web link

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dc.contributor.author Wong, WH
dc.contributor.author Levinton, JS
dc.contributor.author Twining, BS
dc.contributor.author Fisher, NK
dc.contributor.author Kelaher, BP
dc.contributor.author Alt, A
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-28T09:44:29Z
dc.date.issued 2003-01
dc.identifier.citation Marine Ecology Progress Series, 2003, 253 pp. 175 - 182
dc.identifier.issn 0171-8630
dc.identifier.other C1UNSUBMIT en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/8623
dc.description.abstract We tested the hypothesis that mesozooplankton is a potential food source for 2 marine mussels; the temperate blue mussel Mytilus edulis and the tropical and subtropical green mussel Perna viridis. We fed the rotifer Brachionus plicatilis to each mussel species at 3 rotifer densities (0.1, 0.5, and 1.0 ind. ml-1) and found that each mussel species could significantly reduce the abundance of rotifers. We also labeled rotifers by feeding them 14C-labeled phytoplankton. The labeled rotifers were fed to mussels at densities of 0.1, 0.2, 0.5, and 1.0 individuals ml-1, and the assimilation efficiencies were generally higher at higher rotifer densities (59 to 73% for M. edulis and 37 to 73% for P. viridis). After standardization for mass and metabolic requirements, we calculated that rotifers make significant contributions to the mussels¹ energy budgets, which provides quantitative evidence for a potential trophic link between mesozooplankton and marine benthic bivalves. This study demonstrates that mesozooplankton could have an important role in the transformation of energy between benthic and pelagic systems in coastal areas. Dense populations of bivalves could exert a strong top-down effect on planktonic food webs.
dc.publisher Inter Research
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.3354/meps253175
dc.title Assimilation of carbon from a rotifer by the mussels Mytilus edulis and Perna viridis: a potential food-web link
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Marine Ecology Progress Series
dc.journal.volume 253
dc.journal.number en_US
dc.publocation Germany en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 175 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 182 en_US
dc.cauo.name DVCRch.Institute for Water & Environmental Resource Mgmnt en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (Incl. Marine Ichthyology)
dc.personcode 040098
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology) en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords Benthic suspension feeders ? Zooplankton ? Trophic linkage ? Rotifera ? Bivalvia en_US
dc.description.keywords Benthic suspension feeders · Zooplankton · Trophic linkage · Rotifera · Bivalvia
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Science
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Science/School of the Environment
utslib.copyright.status Open Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:23:47.074767+10
utslib.collection.history General (ID: 2)


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