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Gut contents and isotopic profiles of Salpa fusiformis and Thalia democratica


Ahmad Ishak, NH and Clementson, LA and Eriksen, RS and van den Enden, RL and Williams, GD and Swadling, KM, Gut contents and isotopic profiles of Salpa fusiformis and Thalia democratica, Marine Biology, 164 Article 144. ISSN 0025-3162 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s00227-017-3174-1


Little is known about the diet of planktonic tunicates such as salps, which can comprise around 80% of zooplankton abundance under bloom conditions. The gut contents of solitary and aggregate phases of the salps Thalia democratica and Salpa fusiformis were analysed with scanning electron microscopy (SEM), high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and stable isotope analyses (SIA) to describe their diets under field conditions. The gut contents contained representatives of diatoms, dinoflagellates, haptophyte flagellates (Order Prymnesiales and Coccolithophorales), prasinophytes (Order Chlorodendrales) and, in a few instances, copepods (Crustacea). SEM confirmed the presence of many species of phytoplankton in the salp guts and was broadly supported by HPLC and SIA. The dominant peaks in the HPLC chromatograms corresponded to fucoxanthin, alloxanthin, chlorophyll b and β-carotene, indicating the ingestion of diatoms, cryptophytes and green algae. Solitary stages of both S. fusiformis and T. democratica fed on items that were not common in the phytoplankton samples, namely coccolithophores and copepods, respectively.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:salps, chromatography, biomarkers, SEM
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Objective Field:Coastal or estuarine biodiversity
UTAS Author:Ahmad Ishak, NH (Dr Nurul Ahmad Ishak)
UTAS Author:Eriksen, RS (Dr Ruth Eriksen)
UTAS Author:Williams, GD (Associate Professor Guy Williams)
UTAS Author:Swadling, KM (Associate Professor Kerrie Swadling)
ID Code:117221
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:CRC-Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems
Deposited On:2017-06-04
Last Modified:2018-04-20

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