Feeding preferences of Tripneustes gratilla Linnaeus Echinodermata Echinodea and the prospect for sea urchin aquaculture in South Africa

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dc.contributor.advisor Bolton, John J en_ZA
dc.contributor.advisor Cyrus, Mark Digby en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Scholtz, Rheinhardt en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2017-05-19T12:44:21Z
dc.date.available 2017-05-19T12:44:21Z
dc.date.issued 2008 en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/24380
dc.description.abstract Sea urchin aquaculture for human food is a major industry, and there are prospects for the industry in South Africa. Feeding preferences of the sea urchin Tripneustes gratilla were tested by two different methods; a touch-preference test and a 48-hour consumption test. A touchpreference is established when the sea urchins' lantern teeth touched an algal species. The 48-hour consumption test was performed with paired combinations using four species of fresh algae. It was hypothesized that the preferred species would be similar in the touch-preference test and the consumption test. Five algal species were used in the touch-preference test; namely, Ecklonia maxima (kelp), Gigartina polycarpa, Grateloupia capensi, Porphyra capensis, and U/va rigida. Four of these species were used in the paired consumption test; namely, E. maxima, G. polycarpa, P. capensis and U. rigida. We found that E. maxima was most preferred in the touch-test followed by P. capensis and U. rigida. This result did not correlate with our consumption test. Here, U. rigida was significantly most preferred followed by E. maxima. Overall, the result is significant in relation to the prospect of echinoculture in South Africa as Ulva may provide a valuable alternate feed or supplement to this new industry. Due to the increase in time provided for the paired consumption test, we found that the paired consumption test was more conclusive in providing a preference for Tripneustes gratilla. Our results agree with literature which suggests that Tripneustes gratilla is a genera list feeder; however, Tripneustes gratilla shows definite preferences. Ulva spp. has been grown on a number of abalone farms in South Africa. Integrated aquaculture using T. gratilla and U. rigida as a biofilter and alternate feed is a very promising idea for echinoculture in South Africa. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Botany en_ZA
dc.title Feeding preferences of Tripneustes gratilla Linnaeus Echinodermata Echinodea and the prospect for sea urchin aquaculture in South Africa en_ZA
dc.type Thesis en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Science en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Biological Sciences en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Honours en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationname BSc (Hons) en_ZA
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