Characteristic Sizes of Life in the Oceans, from Bacteria to Whales

Authors
Andersen, K. H.; Berger, Tobías Miguel; Gonçalves, Rodrigo Javier; Hartvig, M.; Heuschele, J.; Hylander, S.; Jacobsen, N. S.; Lindemann, C.; Martens, E. A.; Neuheimer, A. B.; Olsson, K.; Palacz, A.; Prowe, A. E. F.; Sainmont, J.; Traving, S. J.; Visser, A. W.; Wadhwa, N.; Kiørboe, T.
Publication Year
2016
Language
English
Format
article
Status
Published version
Description
The size of an individual organism is a key trait to characterize its physiology and feeding ecology. Size-based scaling laws may have a limited size range of validity or undergo a transition from one scaling exponent to another at some characteristic size. We collate and review data on size-based scaling laws for resource acquisition, mobility, sensory range, and progeny size for all pelagic marine life, from bacteria to whales. Further, we review and develop simple theoretical arguments for observed scaling laws and the characteristic sizes of a change or breakdown of power laws. We divide life in the ocean into seven major realms based on trophic strategy, physiology, and life history strategy. Such a categorization represents a move away from a taxonomically oriented description toward a trait-based description of life in the oceans. Finally, we discuss life forms that transgress the simple size-based rules and identify unanswered questions.
Fil: Andersen, K. H.. Centre for Ocean Life; Dinamarca. Technical University of Denmark; Dinamarca
Fil: Berger, Tobías Miguel. Centre for Ocean Life; Dinamarca. Universidad de Copenhagen; Dinamarca
Fil: Gonçalves, Rodrigo Javier. Centre for Ocean Life; Dinamarca. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas; Argentina. Technical University of Denmark; Dinamarca. Fundación Playa Unión. Estación de Fotobiología Playa Unión; Argentina
Fil: Hartvig, M.. Technical University of Denmark; Dinamarca. Universidad de Copenhagen; Dinamarca. Universität Göttingen; Alemania
Fil: Heuschele, J.. Technical University of Denmark; Dinamarca. Centre for Ocean Life; Dinamarca
Fil: Hylander, S.. Technical University of Denmark; Dinamarca. Linnaeus University; Suiza
Fil: Jacobsen, N. S.. Centre for Ocean Life; Dinamarca. Technical University of Denmark; Dinamarca
Fil: Lindemann, C.. Technical University of Denmark; Dinamarca
Fil: Martens, E. A.. Centre for Ocean Life; Dinamarca. Technical University of Denmark; Dinamarca. Universidad de Copenhagen; Dinamarca
Fil: Neuheimer, A. B.. Technical University of Denmark; Dinamarca. Universidad de Copenhagen; Dinamarca. University of Hawaii at Manoa; Estados Unidos
Fil: Olsson, K.. Technical University of Denmark; Dinamarca. Universidad de Copenhagen; Dinamarca
Fil: Palacz, A.. Technical University of Denmark; Dinamarca
Fil: Prowe, A. E. F.. Centre for Ocean Life; Dinamarca. Technical University of Denmark; Dinamarca. Geomar-Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel; Alemania
Fil: Sainmont, J.. Technical University of Denmark; Dinamarca. Centre for Ocean Life; Dinamarca
Fil: Traving, S. J.. Centre for Ocean Life; Dinamarca. Universidad de Copenhagen; Dinamarca
Fil: Visser, A. W.. Centre for Ocean Life; Dinamarca. Technical University of Denmark; Dinamarca
Fil: Wadhwa, N.. Centre for Ocean Life; Dinamarca. Technical University of Denmark; Dinamarca
Fil: Kiørboe, T.. Centre for Ocean Life; Dinamarca. Technical University of Denmark; Dinamarca
Subject
ALLOMETRIC SCALING
BODY SIZE
FISH
METABOLISM
MIXOTROPHY
PLANKTON
WHALES
Otras Ciencias Biológicas
Ciencias Biológicas
CIENCIAS NATURALES Y EXACTAS
Access level
Restricted access
License
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/ar/
Repository
CONICET Digital (CONICET)
Institution
Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas
OAI Identifier
oai:ri.conicet.gov.ar:11336/52445