Brian A. Foster

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Zooplankton was sampled through holes in the sea-ice of McMurdo Sound from 8 November to 10 December, 1985. Replicated vertical hauls were made to 100 and 300 m off Pram Point in the inner Sound, near the edge of the permanent McMurdo Ice Shelf. The zooplankton was sparse, averaging 2.5 mg/m3 wet weight. The numbers of individual species varied between(More)
Specimens of the Antarctic fish Pagothenia borchgrevinki were collected from just below the sea-ice in McMurdo Sound over the period 5–16 November 1987. The stomach contents of 54 freshly captured fish were analysed and showed very strong similarities with an earlier, more extensive, dietary analysis conducted at the same location (Foster et al. 1987).(More)
Four species of nototheniid fish were sampled from below the sea ice near Cape Armitage, McMurdo Sound:Pagothenia borchgrevinki from just below the ice 1.5 km offshore,Trematomus bernacchii, Trematomus hansoni andTrematomus centronotus from off the bottom in about 20 m of water near the shore. Scale worms and isopods were conspicuous non-planktonic prey,(More)
Zooplankton was sampled through a hole in the sea ice off Scott Base from 28 October to 17 November 1987. Vertical hauls through 100 m and 300 m were taken to compare with data from the same place two years earlier. Wide variations of abundance occurred for each taxon identified over each occasion, but there is general consistency between abundance and(More)
Specimens of the Antarctic fish P. borchgrevinki were collected from just beneath the sea-ice in McMurdo Sound over the period 8 November to 6 December, 1985. The stomach contents of 200 fish were analysed and compared with the co-occurrence of the prey species in the plankton. Numerically, the dominant prey was a thecosomatid pteropod Limacina helicina(More)
Ten larvae of a balanomorph barnacle were collected in plankton samples from under the sea-ice of McMurdo Sound in the austral spring 1985. This is the first record of planktonic barnacle larvae in the Antarctic Ocean. By deduction they are identified as Bathylasma corolliforme (Hoek) stage II nauplii and cyprids. They are described, the first of larvae of(More)
The visual threshold for food-location in the antarctic fishPagothenia borchgrevinki, is compared with light conditions and food availability under the ice. Even under the most favourable conditions for vision,P. borchgrevinki is operating close to its visual threshold and must often depend on non-visual mechanisms of prey detection.