Sapphirina iris Dana, 1849 and S. sinuicauda Brady, 1883 (Copepoda, Cyclopoida): predators of salps in Monterey Bay and the Gulf of California
Periodo de realización: 2015/06/01 al 2015/01/01
Tipo: Artículo científico
Lugar(es) de estudio: Golfo de California
Resumen: "Species of the copepod genus Sapphirina Thompson, 1829 are deemed as specialized predators of salps. There are only a few documented records of such copepods actually found within their prey. During two cruises of the R/V “Western Flyer” of MBARI (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute), SCUBA diving was used to sample the zooplankton in Monterey Bay and the Gulf of California. An ovigerous female of Sapphirina irisDana, 1849 and a male of S. sinuicaudaBrady, 1883 were collected inside aggregate zooids of the salp Pegea confoederata(Forskål, 1775). Also, two adult females of S. iriswere recorded inside P. socia(Bosc, 1802)"