IMIS | Flanders Marine Institute
 

Flanders Marine Institute

Platform for marine research

IMIS

Publications | Institutes | Persons | Datasets | Projects | Maps
[ report an error in this record ]basket (0): add | show Printer-friendly version

Experimental studies on the development of Lernaeocera branchialis (Copepoda: Pennellidae): population processes from egg production to maturation on the flatfish host
Whitfield, P.J.; Pilcher, M.W.; Grant, H.J.; Riley, J. (1988). Experimental studies on the development of Lernaeocera branchialis (Copepoda: Pennellidae): population processes from egg production to maturation on the flatfish host, in: Boxshall, G.A. et al. (Ed.) Biology of copepods: Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Copepoda. Developments in Hydrobiology, 47: pp. 579-586. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/978-94-009-3103-9_68
In: Boxshall, G.A.; Schminke, H.K. (Ed.) (1988). Biology of copepods: Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Copepoda. Developments in Hydrobiology, 47. Kluwer Academic Publishers: Dordrecht. ISBN 90-6193-654-3. XII, 639 pp., more
In: Dumont, H.J. (Ed.) Developments in Hydrobiology. Kluwer Academic/Springer: The Hague; London; Boston; Dordrecht. ISSN 0167-8418, more

Available in  Authors 

Keywords
    Life cycle; Population dynamics; Copepoda [WoRMS]; Lernaeocera branchialis (Linnaeus, 1767) [WoRMS]; Marine
Author keywords
    Transmission biology

Authors  Top 
  • Whitfield, P.J.
  • Pilcher, M.W.
  • Grant, H.J.
  • Riley, J.

Abstract
    Quantitative population dynamical information derived from laboratory- and field-based experiments is provided for the fish-parasitic copepod. Lernaeocera branchialis, infecting flounder (Platichthys flesus) and whiting (Merlangius merlangus). Adult, post-metamorphosis females from whiting can produce more than one set of egg-strings. The mean number of eggs in each egg-string pair was 1445. At 10 °C these eggs took about 12.7 d after extrusion before hatching of NI nauplii began. Hatching took up to 12 days to be completed with an exponentially declining pattern of output over this period. In the laboratory about 44% of the egg-string egg population successfully passed through the NI to Nll nauplius moult and the NII to copepodid moult to produce infective copepodids, a process lasting about 2 d. The non-feeding copepodids had a maximum survival time at 10 °C of 18 d, with a time to 50% survival of 7.5 d. In laboratory infection experiments at 10 °C, copepodids infected flounder and passed through all their developmental stages to adulthood and copulation in a minimum of 25 d. Field experiments on the seabed off Lowestoft in June 1987 with a sea temperature of about 16 °C suggested that the developmental period in those conditions could be as short as 11 d. Previously uninfected flounder in the field experiments became naturally infected with copepodids at a mean rate of not less than 30 parasites per fish d-1.

All data in IMIS is subject to the VLIZ privacy policy Top | Authors