Food limitation of egg production by a marine, planktonic copepod in the sea off Southern California

Citation:
Checkley, DM.  1980.  Food limitation of egg production by a marine, planktonic copepod in the sea off Southern California. Limnology and Oceanography. 25:991-998.

Abstract:

The in situ rate of egg production (B) and female size of Paracalanus parvus, a particle-grazing copepod, water temperature, and the concentrations of chlorophyll a and particulate nitrogen were measured in 31 collections from the euphotic zone of the sea off southern California. B was correlated positively with chlorophyll a and female size and negatively with temperature. A multiple regression of log B on chlorophyll a, particulate nitrogen, female size, and temperature accounts for44% ofthe variationin log B. B was predicted best by an empirical function of food concentration when the food available in nature was considered to be phytoplankton rather than of all types of particulate matter >5 ยต.An index of immediate food limitation was derived from laboratory data as a function of food concentration. When applied to extensive measurements of chlorophyll a in the euphotic zone, this index indicates that Paracalanus was often food limited and that food limitation increased along an onshore-offshore transect. Paracalanus was rarely food limited in Santa Monica Bay.

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