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Phyllosomata associated with large gelatinous zooplankton: hitching rides and stealing bites

O'Rorke, R., Lavery, S.D., Wang, M., Gallego, R., Waite, A.M., Beckley, L.E., Thompson, P.A. and Jeffs, A.G. (2014) Phyllosomata associated with large gelatinous zooplankton: hitching rides and stealing bites. ICES Journal of Marine Science: Journal du Conseil, 72 (suppl 1). i124-i127.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsu163
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Abstract

During a zooplankton survey 350 km off the coast of Western Australia, we captured a large and robust zooid of a salp (Thetys vagina), to which six late stage larvae (phyllosomata) of the western rock lobster (Panulirus cygnus) were attached. High-throughput sequencing analyses of DNA extracts from midgut glands of the larvae confirmed that each phyllosoma had consumed mainly salp tissue (x¯ = 64.5% ± 15.9 of DNA reads). These results resolve long-standing conjecture whether spiny lobster phyllosomata attach to large gelatinous hosts to feed on them.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Copyright: © 2014 International Council for the Exploration of the Sea 2014
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/28255
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