Lipid biochemical adaptation of pteropods

Updated 2002-02-14

The polar pteropod Clione limacina is characterised by high quantities of lipids with ether components (1-O-alkyldiacylglycerol=DAGE) in combination with odd-chain fatty acids. It is unknown why Clione and probably other pteropods have specialised in this manner. Furthermore the precursor of the biosynthesis of these compounds is still unknown. Therefore samples of Clione limacina and its only prey Limacina helicina will be collected by using plankton nets from small boats. The species will be kept in aquaria and feeding experiments with both species and food of different composition and nutritional value are planed.

Time frame

Project time span
2001 - 2050
Data collection
2001 -
Data processing
not specified
Data reporting
not specified

Contact information

Contact person
Gerhardt Kattner
Alfred Wegener Institute Foundation for Polar and Marine Research Am Handelshafen 12 27570 Bremerhaven
+49 471 4831 1490
+49 471 4831 1425
Other project contacts
Marco Böer,

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Biological effects
Media sampled/studied/modelled


Regions studied
Biological effects
Biological effects

Data availability

Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

Methods & Procedures

Not specified

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
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