Student Research Publications
A note on the survival and feeding of copepod nauplii (Eurytemora carolleeae) on the dinoflagellate Heterocapsa rotundata
Journal of Plankton Research 37:1095-1099
We examined whether copepod naupliar survival rate can be impacted by winter estuarine dinoflagellate blooms and compared winter nauplii grazing rates with other reported rates. Grazing and survival experiments were conducted in the laboratory at 4°C and showed that increased prey concentration resulted in increased naupliar survival over 2 weeks. High survival rate of winter nauplii could result in higher spring copepodite abundances, which would have a positive impact on fish larvae recruitment.