Copepoda - Cladocera - Tunicata: The role of three major mesozooplankton groups in pelagic food webs.

Sommer, Ulrich and Stibor, Herwig (2002) Copepoda - Cladocera - Tunicata: The role of three major mesozooplankton groups in pelagic food webs. Ecological Research, 17 . pp. 161-174. DOI 10.1046/j.1440-1703.2002.00476.x.

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Abstract

Copepods, cladocerans and tunicates form major groups of herbivorous mesozooplankton. The former two are found in fresh and marine waters, while the latter are restricted to marine systems. In the present review, we compile existing ecophysiological knowledge about between-group differences in metabolic and reproductive rates, feeding selectivity and elemental composition. From this, we derive predictions about their impact on the lower trophic levels (phytoplankton and microbial food web) and predictions about their prevalence under different ecological conditions (e.g. nutrient richness, Si : N ratio, phytoplankton size structure and top-down control).

Document Type: Article
Keywords: cladocerans; copepods; food web; mesozooplankton; tunicates
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB3 Marine Ecology > FB3-EOE-N Experimental Ecology - Food Webs
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1046/j.1440-1703.2002.00476.x
ISSN: 0912-3814
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2008 17:25
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2017 12:08
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/5229

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