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Effect of delayed first feeding on larval performance of the spider crab Maja brachydactyla assessed by digestive enzyme activities and biometric parameters
Rotllant, G.; Moyano, F.J.; Andres, M.; Estévez, A.; Diaz, M.; Gisbert, E. (2010). Effect of delayed first feeding on larval performance of the spider crab Maja brachydactyla assessed by digestive enzyme activities and biometric parameters. Mar. Biol. (Berl.) 157(10): 2215-2227. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s00227-010-1487-4
In: Marine Biology. Springer: Heidelberg; Berlin. ISSN 0025-3162, more
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  • Rotllant, G.
  • Moyano, F.J.
  • Andres, M.
  • Estévez, A.
  • Diaz, M.
  • Gisbert, E.

Abstract
    The effect of food deprivation on larval performance of the spider crab Maja brachydactyla was studied in terms of survival, moulting capacity, size, weight and enzymatic activities. Five feeding treatments that differed in the initial age of first feeding larvae (fed from hatching, 2, 4 and 6 days post-hatching and unfed) were tested for 20 days. Newly hatched larvae kept without food supply lasted for 10 days and did not moult; with 50% survival observed at 6 days post-hatching. Larvae (zoea I stage) were only able to tolerate 2 days of food deprivation after the onset of exogenous feeding without their performance being compromised. Multivariate analyses suggest that digestive enzyme activities may be good indicators of the nutritional condition of larvae.

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