Feeding, growth, and reproduction in the genus Calanus

R. P. Harris*, X. Irigoien, R. N. Head, C. Rey, B. H. Hygum, B. W. Hansen, B. Niehoff, B. Meyer-Harms, F. Carlotti

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A combination of shipboard and laboratory experimentation and mesocosm rearing is used in an integrated study of feeding, growth, and reproduction of Calanus finmarchicus. Comparisons are made where possible with the co-occurring Calanus helgolandicus. Regional and seasonal variability of feeding and reproduction was investigated for C. finmarchicus in the open Norwegian Sea and for C. helgolandicus at a coastal station in the English Channel. Mesocosm experiments, carried out in western and northern Norway to identify environmental cues governing the life-cycle pattern, are compared with the results of laboratory studies of nutrition, growth, and reproduction under controlled conditions. The results are discussed in relation to physiological and life-cycle models of Calanus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1708-1726
Number of pages19
JournalICES Journal of Marine Science
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the European Union though the TASC project (MAS3 CT954-0039). BM-H was supported by an EU grant (TMR, MAS3-CT96 5032). Thanks are due to the captains and crew of RV ‘‘Squilla’’ and RV ‘‘Sepia’’ for collection of samples. The comments of two anonymous referees are acknowledged. Kurt Tande and Charlie Miller provided excellent leadership under which the TASC research, synthesized in this paper, was carried out.


  • Colanus
  • Feeding
  • Growth
  • Reproduction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology


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