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Field evidence of differential food utilization of phytal harpacticoids collected from Fucus serratus indicated by delta C-13 and delta N-15 stable isotopes
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Zoology.
2010 (English)In: Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, ISSN 0272-7714, E-ISSN 1096-0015, Vol. 88, no 1, 160-164 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The present study is the first to compare trophic relationships of several co-occurring phytal harpacticoid species, in their natural habitat, using both delta C-13 and delta N-15 signatures. Three phytal harpacticoid species/taxa (Zaus spinatus, Tisbe spp., and Parathalestris cf. intermedia) all collected from the alga Fucus serratus, at different times of the year, were analyzed. The results indicated that the harpacticoids were utilizing food sources differently. Specific food sources of the three species/taxa could not be accurately pinpointed, but there were strong indications that F. serratus and fragments from it did contribute significantly to the diet of P. cf. intermedia and Tisbe spp. Both of these harpacticoid species overlapped in delta C-13 and delta N-15 values with some of the macrofaunal species, collected from the same site in Hvassahraun. Iceland, while no overlap was seen for Z. spinatus. The signatures for Z. spinatus indicated that its food sources changed seasonally.

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2010. Vol. 88, no 1, 160-164 p.
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Trophic relationships, Harpacticoida, Stable isotopes, Fucus serratus, Seasonality, Iceland
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-49907DOI: 10.1016/j.ecss.2010.03.013ISI: 000278805000018OAI: diva2:380366
authorCount :3Available from: 2010-12-21 Created: 2010-12-20 Last updated: 2010-12-21Bibliographically approved

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