Rethinking the role of salps in the ocean

Henschke, Natasha, Everett, Jason D., Richardson, Anthony J. and Suthers, Iain M. (2016) Rethinking the role of salps in the ocean. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 31 9: 720-733. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2016.06.007

Author Henschke, Natasha
Everett, Jason D.
Richardson, Anthony J.
Suthers, Iain M.
Title Rethinking the role of salps in the ocean
Journal name Trends in Ecology and Evolution   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0169-5347
Publication date 2016-09-01
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/j.tree.2016.06.007
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 31
Issue 9
Start page 720
End page 733
Total pages 14
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject 1105 Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
Abstract Salps are barrel-shaped, gelatinous zooplankton that regularly form large swarms. They have historically been ignored because they are difficult to sample and their gelatinous body structure suggests that they are unimportant in food webs and biogeochemical cycles. We collate evidence to overturn several common misconceptions about salps that have hampered research. We show that salps play a major role in carbon sequestration and are key components of marine food webs as a food source for at least 202 species including fish, turtles, and crustaceans. The future of salps in the Anthropocene is uncertain, and therefore further research into areas such as basic rate processes and their biogeochemical impact through new and innovative laboratory and field methods is needed.
Keyword gelatinous zooplankton.
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Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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