Key prey of rock lobster larvae identified

National and international marine researchers have identified the key prey of western rock lobster larvae: a very specific phytoplankton bloom.

The research gives a new insight into the feeding habits, nutritional needs and survival of the early larval stage of rock lobster. This should help researchers understand the discrepancy between survival rates of rock lobster larvae from year to year.

“…our team has shown for the first time that the rock lobster larvae are healthier when they feast on their preferred prey - and we have identified that prey,” University of Western Australia’s Professor Anya Waite said.

Read more at University of Western Australia