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Moulting interval and growth of juvenile Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) fed different concentrations of the diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum in the laboratory


Juvenile Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) were fed the diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum at concentrations ranging from 0.0–5.0 mgCl-1. Intermoult period (IP) decreased, but an increment of body length per moult (ΔBL) of juvenile krill increased, up to a concentration of 1.0 mgCl-1. No further effect of food concentrations on IP or ΔBL was seen at concentration beyond 1.0 mgCl-1. IP plateaued at 23.8 days and ΔBL, 1.14 mm. The maximum daily growth rate (ΔBL/IP) of juvenile krill was calculated to be 0.047 mm day-1. ΔBL and IP were correlated and the relationship is expressed as ΔBL=-0.0066IP+2.47 (r=0.58, n=141, P<0.01). Growth conditions of krill in the Southern Ocean are discussed in terms of available food concentration in there.

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Ikeda, T., Thomas, P.G. Moulting interval and growth of juvenile Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) fed different concentrations of the diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum in the laboratory. Polar Biol 7, 339–343 (1987).

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  • Growth Rate
  • Growth Condition
  • Food Concentration
  • Body Length
  • Southern Ocean