Ontogenetic variability in the feeding behavior of a marine amphipod in response to ocean acidification

Global stressors like ocean acidification (OA) are expected to influence the quality or palatability of primary producers like algae. Such changes can trigger a response on algal consumers’ feeding strategies, and this response may not necessarily be the same for the consumers during the ontogeny. We used a mesocosm’s system to expose algae to current and projected OA conditions (390 and 1000 ppm, respectively) and then compared the feeding behavior and absorption efficiency of juvenile and adult stages of the amphipod Orchestoidea tuberculata. Specifically, we measured consumption rates (with and without a choice) and absorption efficiency on algae exposed and not exposed to OA. Our results show that OA affect the amphipod’s consumption and feeding preferences, and that these effects were related with the analyzed ontogenetic stage (juveniles versus adults). These results support the existence of an ontogenetic change in the response of this species and others similar marine invertebrates to OA, which highlight the need to incorporate different life stages in the study of OA or others global stressors.

Benítez S., Duarte C., López J., Manríquez P. H., Navarro J. M., Bonta C. C., Torres R. & Quijón P. A., in press. Ontogenetic variability in the feeding behavior of a marine amphipod in response to ocean acidification. Marine Pollution Bulletin. Article (subscription required).


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