Seasonality of respiration and ammonium excretion in the Antarctic echinoid Sterechinus neumayeri

Oxygen consumption (MO2) and ammonium excretion rates were recorded monthly over 2 yr for the regular Antarctic echinoid Sterechinus neumayeri to investigate metabolic activity in relation to seasonal food limitation (i.e. phytoplankton standing stock) at Adelaide Island (67° 34’ S, 68° 07’ W). Phytoplankton standing stock showed a brief but intense summer… CONTINUE READING