Skip to main content
Email Print Share

All Images


Press Release 11-073

Death--Not Just Life--Important Link in Marine Ecosystems

Carcasses of copepods--numerous organisms in world seas--provide insights into oceanic food webs

Back to article | Note about images

Illustration showing the role of copepods in the food web of an estuary.

Copepods play an important role in the food webs of estuaries like Chesapeake Bay.

Credit: Maryland Department of Natural Resources


Download the high-resolution JPG version of the image. (77 KB)

Use your mouse to right-click (Mac users may need to Ctrl-click) the link above and choose the option that will save the file or target to your computer.

Map of the Chesapeake Bay showing sampling sites with images of stained copepods and ctenophores.

Sampling sites, shown with stained copepods and jellyfish-like ctenophores that prey on copepods.

Credit: David Elliott


Download the high-resolution JPG version of the image. (1.1 MB)

Use your mouse to right-click (Mac users may need to Ctrl-click) the link above and choose the option that will save the file or target to your computer.

Images showing 13 developmental stages of copepod Acartia tonsa from egg through adult.

The copepod Acartia tonsa has 13 developmental stages, from egg through adult (clockwise).

Credit: David Elliott


Download the high-resolution JPG version of the image. (3.4 MB)

Use your mouse to right-click (Mac users may need to Ctrl-click) the link above and choose the option that will save the file or target to your computer.

Images of copepod Acartia tonsa carcasses at different stages of decomposition.

Copepod Acartia tonsa carcasses at different stages of decomposition.

Credit: Kam Tang


Download the high-resolution JPG version of the image. (246 KB)

Use your mouse to right-click (Mac users may need to Ctrl-click) the link above and choose the option that will save the file or target to your computer.

Graph of time after death of copepod versus depth below point of origination as function of salinity

A copepod carcass sinks slowly in still waters, becoming neutrally buoyant in seawater.

Credit: David Elliott


Download the high-resolution JPG version of the image. (305 KB)

Use your mouse to right-click (Mac users may need to Ctrl-click) the link above and choose the option that will save the file or target to your computer.