Marine Biology

, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 183–185 | Cite as

The cultivation of an appendicularian through numerous generations

  • G.-A. Paffenhöfer


Oikopleura dioica Fol has been cultivated continuously for 7 months, through 19 filial generations, in the laboratory. At 13°C, mean generation time was 9.5 days, at food concentrations close to natural phytoplankton concentrations in the North Sea. The reproductive performance did not deteriorate with increasing filial generations.


Phytoplankton Food Concentration Generation Time Reproductive Performance Numerous Generation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G.-A. Paffenhöfer
    • 1
  1. 1.Biologische Anstalt Helgoland (Litoralstation)List, Sylt

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