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Predation by the scyphozoan Pelagia noctiluca on Mnemiopsis leidyi ctenophores in the NW Mediterranean Sea

AuthorsTilves, Uxue ; Purcell, Jennifer E.; Marambio, Macarena ; Canepa, Antonio ; Olariaga, Alejandro ; Fuentes, Veronica
Functional response
Feeding rates
Issue DateJan-2013
PublisherOxford University Press
CitationJournal of Plankton Research 35(1): 218-224 (2013)
AbstractThe invasive ctenophore Mnemiopsis leidyi, which now may be established in the NW Mediterranean, is a voracious predator of zooplankton and ichthyoplankton. Pelagia noctiluca, an abundant scyphomedusa there, eats other gelatinous species. We measured predation, digestion and escape when different sizes of medusae fed on ctenophores. Clearance rates increased with predator size and ingestion rates increased with prey concentration. Digestion times were longer when medusae were smaller than the ctenophores. All large ctenophores escaped from the medusae, but small ctenophores were ingested completely. Pelagia noctiluca is potentially an important predator of M. leidyi that may help control populations of this ctenophore. © 2012 The Author 2012. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved
Description7 pages, 2 figures, 2 tables, supplementary data can be found online athttp://plankt.oxfordjournals.org/content/35/1/218/suppl/DC1
Publisher version (URL)https://doi.org/10.1093/plankt/fbs082
Identifiersdoi: 10.1093/plankt/fbs082
issn: 0142-7873
e-issn: 1464-3774
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