Sustainable Onshore Lobster Aquaculture
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Phyllosomata associated with large gelatinous zooplankton: Hitching rides and stealing bites


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¯ = 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. © 2014 International Council for the Exploration of the Sea 2014. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email:


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O'Rorke, R., Lavery, S.D., Wang, M., Gallego, R., Waite, A.M., Beckley, L.E., Thompson, P.A. & Jeffs, A.G. 2015, "Phyllosomata associated with large gelatinous zooplankton: Hitching rides and stealing bites", ICES Journal of Marine Science, vol. 72, pp. i124-i127.
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