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Mechanisms behind the metabolic flexibility of an invasive comb jelly
Augustine, S.; Jaspers, C.; Kooijman, S.A.L.M.; Carlotti, F.; Poggiale, J.-C.; Freitas, V.; van der Veer, H.W.; van Walraven, L. (2014). Mechanisms behind the metabolic flexibility of an invasive comb jelly. J. Sea Res. 94: 156-165.
In: Journal of Sea Research. Elsevier/Netherlands Institute for Sea Research: Amsterdam; Den Burg. ISSN 1385-1101, more
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    Mnemiopsis leidyi A. Agassiz, 1865 [WoRMS]
Author keywords
    Dynamic Energy Budget Theory; Mnemiopsis leidyi; Growth; Reproduction; Development; Metabolic Acceleration

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  • Augustine, S.
  • Jaspers, C.
  • Kooijman, S.A.L.M.
  • Carlotti, F.
  • Poggiale, J.-C.
  • Freitas, V., more
  • van der Veer, H.W., more
  • van Walraven, L., more

    Mnemiopsis leidyi is an invasive comb jelly which has successfully established itself in European seas. The species is known to produce spectacular blooms yet it is holoplanktonic and not much is known about its population dynamics in between. One way to gain insight on how M. leidyi might survive between blooms and how it can bloom so fast is to study how the metabolism of this species actually responds to environmental changes in food and temperature over its different life-stages. To this end we combined modelling and data analysis to study the energy budget of M. leidyi over its full life-cycle using Dynamic Energy Budget (DEB) theory and literature data.

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