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Buoyancy of Atlantic cod larvae in relation to developmental stage and maternal influences

AuthorsSaborido-Rey, Fran ; Kjesbu, Olav S.; Thorsen, Anders
Issue Date2003
PublisherOxford University Press
CitationJournal of plankton research 25(3): 291-307 (2003)
AbstractIn this experimental study on Atlantic cod, Gadus morhua, buoyancy was found to vary significantly with season, developmental stage, egg size and maternal condition. Before the start of the experiments, wild fish were caught in the Barents Sea and acclimatized to laboratory conditions. Pairs (n = 8), one female (recruit spawner) and one male, spawned naturally in large, indoor compartments of a circular tank and every third egg batch (out of up to 19 batches collected per female) was incubated in aquaria. Following sedation (50 mg l-1metomidate hydrochloride, 30 min), individual larval specific gravity was precisely reported (30 min) using a density-graduated column. Larval specific gravity (meant) increased steadily during the first early stages of development (0–25 day-degrees), remained nearly constant during the following stages (25–35 day-degrees), but then decreased gradually (35–55 day-degrees). In general, late-season larvae were significantly less buoyant, i.e. showed higher meant, than early-season larvae. Meantwas negatively correlated with female condition and egg size and dry weight. Possible implications of these findings for drift and survival are discussed.
Description17 pages, 5 figures, 7 tables.
Publisher version (URL)http://plankt.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/25/3/291
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