Special Issue "Larval Biology and Ecology of Marine Invertebrates"

A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818). This special issue belongs to the section "Marine Diversity".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Benny Kwok Kan Chan
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Academia Sinica, Biodiversity Research Center, Taipei, Taiwan
Interests: marine and intertidal ecology; barnacle ecology and biodiversity; coral reef symbiosis; larval biology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Most marine invertebrates have planktonic larval and benthic adult stages. The larvae of benthic invertebrates compose the meroplankton in the zooplankton community. The development, biology, and ecology of meroplankton can subsequently affect the recruitment and sustainability of adult populations. The present topic covers different aspects of larval biology of invertebrates, including diversity, phylogeny, morphology, development, settlement, and recruitment. 

Dr. Benny Kwok Kan Chan
Guest Editor

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Effect of Different Salinity Levels on Population Dynamics and Growth of the Cyclopoid Copepod Oithona nana
Diversity 2021, 13(5), 190; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/d13050190 - 29 Apr 2021
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Copepods are one of the most abundant and diverse live food sources for mesopelagic and bathypelagic fishes and crustaceans. They could contribute to the overlap of the transition period from live feed to an artificial weaning diet in marine larvae production. However, the [...] Read more.
Copepods are one of the most abundant and diverse live food sources for mesopelagic and bathypelagic fishes and crustaceans. They could contribute to the overlap of the transition period from live feed to an artificial weaning diet in marine larvae production. However, the culture conditions still need optimization to provide sufficient production to cover the increasing demand for marine hatcheries. Therefore, the present study investigated the effects of different salinity levels (5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 ppt) on the population growth, growth rate, and population composition (males, females, copepodite, and nauplii ratio) of the marine copepod, Oithona nana. The experiment continued for 15 days, under laboratory-controlled conditions of temperature (27 ± 1 °C), pH (7.7 ± 0.15), and continuous gentle aeration in 30 L glass aquaria. The copepod culture aquaria were supplemented with a mixture of soybean and yeast (0.5 g 10−6 individual−1 24-h−1) as a feed source. The highest significant population growth and population growth rate of O. nana were achieved with a salinity level of 20 ppt. Regarding population composition, O. nana cultured at the salinity level of 20 ppt recorded the highest significant percentages of copepodite and nauplii. The results concluded that copepod, O. nana, is capable of withstanding abrupt changes in the salinity, but there are limits to their tolerance, with an optimal salinity level of 20 ppt. This salinity level achieved the highest population growth and the highest percentages of copepodite and nauplii of marine Copepoda, O. nana. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Larval Biology and Ecology of Marine Invertebrates)
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