Secondary production of Calanus helgolandicus in the Western English Channel

Catherine Rey-Rassat, Delphine Bonnet, Xabier Irigoyen, Roger Harris, Robert Head, François Carlotti

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The objective of this study was to investigate the production of Calanus helgolandicus off Plymouth, Western English Channel, from April to August 1998 comparing a range of different methods. The abundance of all developmental stages from NI to adult was determined. Body carbon and nitrogen and length were measured on individual NVI to adults. Female egg production was also monitored. All developmental stages were generally represented but four main periods of recruitment were determined. Two periods of low egg production were observed on the 13th and on the 27th of July: (i) the first was due to the arrival of newly moulted or not yet fertilised females in the population and (ii) the second low period was possibly due to the senescence of the females. Finally, the total production of C. helgolandicus was estimated using four different methods: the weight increment, the egg production, Huntley and Lopez and Hirst and Lampitt methods. Depending on the methods used, the production accumulated over the period from May 14 to August 10 ranged between 12 and 45 mg C m -3.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-46
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 15 2004


  • Calanus helgolandicus
  • Egg production
  • Secondary production
  • Weight increment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Aquatic Science


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