Effects of food quality on fecundity (defined as the number of eggs deposited in the entire life of a female), egg size and egg energy content (measured by differential scanning calorimeter were studied in two populations of Ophryotrocha labronica (La Greca and Bacci): one taken from the natural environment immediately prior to the experiment, and the other from the same original environment, but bred for more than 5 years in the laboratory. Results indicated that fecundity is mediated both by food quality and population origin. Specimens fed Tetramin generally spawned more frequently than those receiving the other two diets, while individuals bred in the laboratory since 1990 spawned more frequently than the wild population. Also the number of eggs per spawning and the total fecundity vary with the quality of the diet; Tetramin gives the highest fecundity values. The differences in egg size and energy content seem essentially related to the population origin, in fact, with all diets laboratory specimens produced larger eggs with higher energy contents than wild specimens.

Effect of diet on reproductive characteristics of Ophryotrocha labronica (Polychaeta: Dorvilleidae) / Prevedelli, Daniela; Zunarelli, Renata. - In: MARINE BIOLOGY. - ISSN 0025-3162. - ELETTRONICO. - 132:(1998), pp. 163-170.

Effect of diet on reproductive characteristics of Ophryotrocha labronica (Polychaeta: Dorvilleidae)

PREVEDELLI, Daniela;ZUNARELLI, Renata
1998

Abstract

Effects of food quality on fecundity (defined as the number of eggs deposited in the entire life of a female), egg size and egg energy content (measured by differential scanning calorimeter were studied in two populations of Ophryotrocha labronica (La Greca and Bacci): one taken from the natural environment immediately prior to the experiment, and the other from the same original environment, but bred for more than 5 years in the laboratory. Results indicated that fecundity is mediated both by food quality and population origin. Specimens fed Tetramin generally spawned more frequently than those receiving the other two diets, while individuals bred in the laboratory since 1990 spawned more frequently than the wild population. Also the number of eggs per spawning and the total fecundity vary with the quality of the diet; Tetramin gives the highest fecundity values. The differences in egg size and energy content seem essentially related to the population origin, in fact, with all diets laboratory specimens produced larger eggs with higher energy contents than wild specimens.
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Effect of diet on reproductive characteristics of Ophryotrocha labronica (Polychaeta: Dorvilleidae) / Prevedelli, Daniela; Zunarelli, Renata. - In: MARINE BIOLOGY. - ISSN 0025-3162. - ELETTRONICO. - 132:(1998), pp. 163-170.
Prevedelli, Daniela; Zunarelli, Renata
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