Hypophthalmichthys molitrix
Hypophthalmichthys molitrix
(Silver Carp)

Impact ID5830
Impact TypeFood Web
Study TypeObservational
Study LocationField
Impact DescriptionThe majority (83%) of phytoplankton found in the hindgut of silver carp, Hypophthalmichthys molitrix, were poorly digested with intact cells walls and organelles. All nine living phytoplankton cells in silver carp in were noncolonial coccoid algae. This indicates silver carp do not digest phytoplankton efficiently, and silver carp could influence food web dynamics by dispersing phytoplankton.
Great Lakes RegionNo
LocationKentucky Lake, Kentucky

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