Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom

Research Article

Feeding, growth and reproduction of the marine planktonic copepod Temora longicornis Müller

R.P. Harrisa1 c1 and G.-A. Paffenhöfera1 c2

a1 Biologische Anstalt Helgoland, Litoralstation List, 2282 List/Sylt, West Germany


The copepod Temora longicornis Miiller is one of the common zooplankton species in the North Sea and adjacent waters. All developmental stages have been recorded throughout the year off the west coast of Sweden, Temora being considered more common in offshore than inshore waters (Eriksson, 1973). In Loch Striven on the west coast of Scotland it was abundant only in summer, living mainly near the surface (Marshall, 1949). Similarly in the English Channel off Plymouth Temora is present mainly during the summer months (Digby, 1950). T. longicornis was found throughout the year in the Northfrisian Waddensea with temperatures ranging from ca. 1–20 °C (K¨nne, 1952).


c1 Present address: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, The Laboratory, Citadel Hill, Plymouth, PLi 2PB, England.

c2 Present address: Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, P.O. Box 13687, Savannah, Georgia 31406, U.S.A.