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Response of the yabby, Cherax destructor Clark, to natural and artificial diets: Phenotypic variation in juvenile growth
journal contributionposted on 1997-03-01, 00:00 authored by Chris AustinChris Austin, Paul Jones, F Stagnitti, B D Mitchell
A comparison of juvenile growth performance amongst families of the freshwater crayfish, C. destructor was carried out under laboratory conditions. Three diets, consisting of two pellet diets (15% and 30% protein) and zooplankton, were fed to the juvenile crayfish which were obtained from three families selected randomly from a genetically heterogeneous stock. Juvenile crayfish were stocked at 1 l-1 in 12 I tanks and did not differ in weight amongst broods at the commencement of a 35 day trial. Growth and survival were found to differ with respect to diet, with zooplankton giving higher growth and greater survival. Growth, but not survival, differed by phenotype with the degree of difference in growth amongst families being dependent, at least in part, upon diet. Diet was also found to have a pronounced effect on the degree of variability in crayfish size within tanks with zooplankton fed animals showing substantially lower levels of variability compared with pellet fed animals of equivalent size.