Preliminary Results on Light Conditions Manipulation in Octopus vulgaris (Cuvier, 1797) Paralarval Rearing
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AuthorsGarrido, D. (Diego); Reis, D. B. (Diana); Concalves, R. A. (Rui); Martín, M.V. (María Virginia); Sykes, A. V. (Antonio); Orol, D. (Diego); Rodrigiuez, C. (Covadonga); Felipe, B.C. (Beatriz Concepción); Xiadong Zheng; Lagos, L. (Luis); Almansa, E. (Eduardo)
High paralarvae mortality is a major bottleneck currently hindering the control over the lifecycle of common octopus (Octopus vulgaris Cuvier, 1797). It is believed that this problem might be related to either zoo-technical and/or nutritional aspects. The present paper is focused on the study of different zoo-technical aspects related to light conditions on the rearing of paralarvae, including the effects of polarization in prey ingestion, the use of a blue filter to simulate natural conditions, and the use of focused light to avoid reflections of the rearing tank’s walls. In the first experiment, O. vulgaris paralarvae ingestion of Artemia sp. and copepods (Tisbe sp.) was assessed under either normal or polarized light. In the second experiment, the effect of a blue filter with natural light or focused artificial light on growth and mortality was assessed over 15 days of rearing. Ingestion rate was not influenced by light polarization. Nonetheless, a significantly higher ingestion of ...
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