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In situ feeding rate and diet selectivity in Tasmanian mysid species (Crustacea, Mysidacea)


Metillo, EB and Ritz, DA and Swadling, KM, In situ feeding rate and diet selectivity in Tasmanian mysid species (Crustacea, Mysidacea), Hydrobiologia, 589, (1) pp. 207-218. ISSN 0018-8158 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1007/s10750-007-0732-4


We determined in situ feeding rates of three co-occurring coastal mysid species using [methyl-3H]-thymidine-labelled algal detritus (Lessonia corrugata), NaH14CO3-labelled phytoplankton (Isochrysis galbana) and zooplankton (Artemia sp. nauplii). All three species showed a wide and overlapping range of feeding rates on the three food types, suggesting they were broadly omnivorous. However, selectivity studies often showed a strong preference for animal prey. Although there was an overlap in the types of food the mysids ingested, some degree of feeding niche partitioning was demonstrated. Paramesopodopsis rufa tended to be more carnivorous, Tenagomysis tasmaniae fed least on zooplankton and phytoplankton, and largely on algal detritus, and Anisomysis mixta australis ingested few zooplankters, and moderate amounts of algal detritus and phytoplankton. © 2007 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:Metillo, EB (Mr Ephrime Bicay Metillo)
UTAS Author:Ritz, DA (Associate Professor David Ritz)
UTAS Author:Swadling, KM (Associate Professor Kerrie Swadling)
ID Code:47358
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:TAFI - Zoology
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2012-03-05

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