Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Effects of large inedible particles on the feeding performance of echinodem larvae
by Lizarraga, David, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2017, 83; 10263577
Abstract (Summary)

Many marine invertebrates have larvae that must feed to complete development to metamorphosis. Larval feeding performance affects the amount of time larvae spend in the plankton, which affects larval mortality and dispersal, and juvenile quality. Larval feeding performance is partly determined by the abundance of edible particles in the plankton. However, the plankton also contains particles that are too large for ingestion. In this thesis I show that: 1) echinoderm larval feeding performance is reduced in environmentally realistic concentrations of inedible particles in simplified laboratory feeding environments, 2) larval feeding performance of at least one echinoid is reduced in the presence of natural inedible particles in plankton, and 3) larval feeding performance may be affected by inedible beads in the mouth. My results suggest that in nature, rates of food acquisition by larvae may depend not only on food abundance, but also on the abundance of potentially interfering non-food particles.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pernet, Bruno
Commitee: Allen, Bengt, Pace, Douglas
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Biological Sciences
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Zoology, Developmental biology
Keywords: Auricularia, Bipinnaria, Brachiolaria, Clearance rate, Larval feeding, Pluteus
Publication Number: 10263577
ISBN: 9781369773835
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