Marine Biology

, Volume 114, Issue 2, pp 277–279 | Cite as

Effects of temporary starvation on the survival, and on subsequent feeding and growth, of oyster (Crassostrea gigas) larvae

  • E. His
  • M. N. L. Seaman


Larvae of oysters, Crassostrea gigas, were maintained without food for 1 to 8 d after fertilization, and fed daily thereafter. There was little difference in survival and growth between controls and larvae kept without food for 2 or 3 d. Survival and growth rates were depressed in larvae starved for 4 or 5 d. For larvae starved for 6 to 8 d, survival was negligible or nil; even those larvae which survived the starvation period died later in the presence of food, apparently because of impaired digestion. Therefore, food availability in the first few days after spawning appears to be of paramount importance to the successful recruitment of Pacific oysters.


Growth Rate Food Availability Pacific Oyster Successful Recruitment Starvation Period 
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© Springer-Verlag 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • E. His
    • 1
  • M. N. L. Seaman
    • 2
  1. 1.Quai du Commandant SilhouetteInstitut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la MerArcachonFrance
  2. 2.Institut für Meereskunde an der Universität KielKielGermany

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