Energy flow and population dynamics of the barnacle Balanus glandula

Shiu Sun Rudolf WU, C. D. LEVINGS

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Abstract

The energetics and population dynamics of a barnacle (Balanus glandula Darwin) population in British Columbia, Canada, were studied. Consumption, energy flow, production and mortality were 6844.6, 6667.0, 2896.5 and 2522.8 Kcal m-2 year-1, respectively. These energy flow and production values are among the highest for animal populations reported, and therefore strongly suggest the functional importance of E. glandula in littoral systems. The young age groups of the first-year settlements were most important in contributing to the energy flow, production and reproduction of the entire population. Most of the assimilated energy in the older age groups was used in respiration. Copyright © 1979 Springer-Verlag.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-89
JournalMarine Biology
Volume54
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1979

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Balanus
energy flow
Cirripedia
population dynamics
British Columbia
breathing
respiration
energetics
Canada
mortality
energy
animals

Bibliographical note

Wu, R. S. S., & Levings, C. D. (1979). Energy flow and population dynamics of the barnacle Balanus glandula. Marine Biology, 54(1), 83-89. doi: 10.1007/BF00387054

Keywords

  • Respiration
  • Population dynamic
  • Entire population
  • Energy flow
  • Functional importance