Ingestion rate and egg production of copepods collected in the upper 100m in the eastern Mediterranean Sea in March and April 2008 during SES_GR1


The phytoplankton dataset is based on samples taken during March-April 2008 in Libyan Sea, Southern Aegean Sea and Northern Aegean Sea. Ingestion rates were estimated from experiments performed at all the third priority stations during the cruise according to DoW of Sesame project. Copepods for the experiments were obtained with slow non-quantitative tows from the upper 100 m layer of the water column using 200 µm mesh size nets fitted with a large non-filtering cod end. For the grazing experiments we used the following copepod species: Calanus helgolandicus and Centropages typicus according to the relevant reference (Bamstedt et al. 2000). Copepod clearance rates on ciliates were calculated according to Frost equations (Frost 1972). Ingestion rates were calculated by multiplying clearance rates by the initial standing stocks (Bamstedt et al. 2000).Egg production rates of the dominant calanoid copepods were determined by incubation of fertilised females (eggs/female/day) collected in the 0-100m layer. Copepod egg production was measured for the copepods Eucalanus monachus, Centropages typicus and Calanus helgolandicus. On board experiments for the estimation of copepod egg production were taken place. For the estimation of copepod production (mg/m**2/day), lengths (copepods and eggs) were converted to body carbon (Hopcroft et al., 1998) and production was estimated from biomass and weight-specific egg production rates, by assuming that those rates are representative for juvenile specific growth rates (Berggreen et al., 1988).

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Creator Zervoudaki, Soultana; Christou, Epaminondas
Publisher PANGAEA - Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Science
Publication Year 2015
Funding Reference Sixth Framework Programme, 36949
Rights Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported;
OpenAccess true
Language English
Resource Type Dataset
Format text/tab-separated-values
Size 16 data points
Discipline Earth System Research
Spatial Coverage (25.238W, 34.558S, 26.005E, 40.267N); Mediterranean Sea
Temporal Coverage Begin 2008-03-30T05:30:00Z
Temporal Coverage End 2008-04-04T07:30:00Z