|The trophic role of the tunicate Salpa thompsoni in the Antarctic marine ecosystem|In: Journal of Marine Systems. Elsevier: Tokyo; Oxford; New York; Amsterdam. ISSN 0924-7963, more
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- Perissinotto, R.; Pakhomov, E.A. (1998). The trophic role of the tunicate Salpa thompsoni in the Antarctic marine ecosystem, in: Le Fèvre, J. et al. (Ed.) Carbon Fluxes and Dynamic Processes in the Southern Ocean: Present and Past. Selected papers from the International JGOFS Symposium, Brest, France, 28-31 August 1995. Journal of Marine Systems, 17(1-4): pp. 361-374. hdl.handle.net/10.1016/S0924-7963(98)00049-9, more
Biomass; Chlorophylls; Feeding; Feeding behaviour; Ice edge; Ingestion; Phytoplankton; Population number; Primary production; Trophic relationships; Zooplankton; Salpa thompsoni Foxton, 1961 [WoRMS]; PSW, Lazarev Sea; Marine
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- Perissinotto, R.
- Pakhomov, E.A.
During a repeat grid survey and drogue study carried out in austral summer 1994/95, the abundance and feeding activity of salps were estimated in the Lazarev Sea region from net tows and in situ measurements of gut fluorescence. Throughout the survey area, Salpa thompsoni accounted for >95% of the total salp stock while Ihlea racovitzai was consistently represented in very low abundances. Maximum densities of S. thompsoni, with ˜4000 ind. 1000 m-3, were recorded in the Marginal Ice Zone (MIZ) in December when chlorophyll-a concentrations were well below 1 mg m-3. A dramatic decrease in salp stock was observed at the beginning of January, when S. thompsoni virtually disappeared from the most productive area of the MIZ where chlorophyll-a concentrations had by then reached bloom levels of 1.5–3 mg (Chl-a) m-3. In situ grazing measurements showed that throughout the cruise S. thompsoni exhibited the highest ingestion rates per individual of any of the most abundant components of the grazing pelagic community, with maxima of ˜160 µg (pigm) ind. -1 d-1. These feeding rates are 3 to 5 times higher than those previously obtained using in vitro incubations. The total daily consumption of the population of S. thompsoni varied from 0.3 to 108% of daily primary production. We suggest that competitive removal of food by S. thompsoni, rather than direct predation, is responsible for the low krill abundances generally associated with salp swarms.