A comparison has been made of the changes in biochemical composition of experimental and natural populations of Balanus balanoides (L.). The 'bodies' and the ovary were separately analysed. The lipid components have been investigated in some detail; lipid classes were separated and the component fatty acids of the major components (triglycerides + diglycerides and phospholipids) determined. Animals fed on brine shrimp increased in weight more than the natural population, that of the starved animals was less, and that of animals fed on starch only, even less. The starch-fed animals continued to produce faecal pellets and it is suggested that the greater energy expenditure in feeding (cirral) activity with little gain of useful metabolic substrate was responsible for this decrease in body weight. These differences extend to the component lipid classes. Even so, these starch-fed animals produced ovarian tissue as, indeed, did starved animals, presumably by transfer of body material; the low level or absence of nutrients did not interfere with the hormonal stimulation of reproduction.
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology|
|State||Published - Mar 1978|