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The effect of food on the respiration rates of Daphnia magna using a flow-through system
Schmoker, C.; Hernández-León, S. (2003). The effect of food on the respiration rates of Daphnia magna using a flow-through system. Sci. Mar. (Barc.) 67(3): 361-365.
In: Scientia Marina (Barcelona). Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas. Institut de Ciènces del Mar: Barcelona. ISSN 0214-8358, more
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    Feeding; Metabolism; Zooplankton; Daphnia magna Straus, 1820 [WoRMS]; Marine
Author keywords
    zooplankton; metabolism; feeding

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  • Schmoker, C.
  • Hernández-León, S.

    Respiration rates and gut fluorescence of the cladoceran Daphnia magna were studied using a flow-through system. This open system has the advantage of introducing food or producing a starvation effect during the course of the experiment. Severe variations in respiratory rates were observed in relation to the presence or absence of food, indicating short-term variability. Organisms kept starved or at low food for a long period (15-20 h) responded to a sudden increase in food by increasing their respiration rates three- to four-fold in parallel with their gut content. A significant relationship between gut fluorescence and respiration rates was observed, suggesting that feeding and the related swimming activity were responsible for the observed metabolic variability.

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