Phyllosomata associated with large gelatinous zooplankton: hitching rides and stealing bites


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During a zooplankton survey 350 km off the coast of Western Australia, we captured a large and robust zooid of a salp (Thetys vagina), to which six late stage larvae (phyllosomata) of the western rock lobster (Panulirus cygnus) were attached. High-throughput sequencing analyses of DNA extracts from midgut glands of the larvae confirmed that each phyllosoma had consumed mainly salp tissue ( x 1⁄4 64.5% + 15.9 of DNA reads). These results resolve long-standing conjecture whether spiny lobster phyllosomata attach to large gelatinous hosts to feed on them.



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DOI 10.1093/icesjms/fsu163

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O'Rorke, R. , Lavery, S. D. , Wang, M. , Gallego, R. , Waite, A. M. , Beckley, L. E. , Thompson, P. A. and Jeffs, A. G. (2014): Phyllosomata associated with large gelatinous zooplankton: hitching rides and stealing bites , ICES Journal of Marine Science: Journal du Conseil, 72 (suppl), i124-i127 . doi: 10.1093/icesjms/fsu163


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