Calorific Ash Carbon And Nitrogen-Content In Relation To Length And Dry-Weight Of Parathemisto-Gaudichaudi (Amphipoda Hyperiidea) In The North-East Atlantic Ocean

Williams, R; Robins, DB. 1979 Calorific Ash Carbon And Nitrogen-Content In Relation To Length And Dry-Weight Of Parathemisto-Gaudichaudi (Amphipoda Hyperiidea) In The North-East Atlantic Ocean. Marine Biology, 52 (3). 247 - 252. 10.1007/BF00398138

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Abstract/Summary

The calorific, ash, carbon and nitrogen content, length and dry weight were determined for the hyperiid Parathemisto gaudichaudi (Guerin). Regression equations for all these variables were determined so that they can be estimated by calculation from measurements of length of the hyperiid. Mean values for total nitrogen and carbon were 7.79±0.85% and 36.80±4.18% of the dry weight, respectively. The carbon to calorific equivalent for P. gaudichaudi was 10.37 kcal g-1 carbon (9.13 kcal g-1 when corrected for nitrogen). The calorific value for ash-free adult P. gaudichaudi was 5.138 kcal g-1±1.309 (4.510 kcal g-1 when corrected for nitrogen). This large variation in the calorific content (coefficient of variation of 25.84%) can be accounted for largely by variation in the ash content (coefficient of variation of 21.84%). The calorific value determined for P. gaudichaudi is similar to that measured for other carnivorous crustaceans and adds support to the hypothesis that animals with high calorific content have a low fecundity and an energy-rich store which can be used as a buffer during unfavourable periods in their life.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Divisions: Plymouth Marine Laboratory > Other (PML)
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Date made live: 11 Feb 2014 15:54
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2017 16:03
URI: http://plymsea.ac.uk/id/eprint/2814

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