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Allometric size-scaling of biometric growth parameters and metabolic and excretion rates. A comparative study of intertidal and subtidal populations of mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis)

AuthorsArranz, Kristina; Labarta, Uxío ; Fernández-Reiriz, María José ; Navarro, Enrique
Allometric relationships
Biometric parameters
Routine and standard metabolic rates
Ammonia excretion rates
Metabolic scope for feeding and growth (MSFG)
Issue Date2016
CitationHydrobiologia 772(1): 261-275 (2016)
AbstractAllometric relationships between biometric parameters (i.e., soft body and shell weights and shell organic content vs. shell length) as well as for routine and standard metabolic and ammonia excretion rates related to flesh weight and shell length were estimated and compared for subtidal and intertidal populations of Mytilus galloprovincialis in Galicia (NW Spain). This is the first report on allometric size-scaling of excretion and metabolic (both routine and standard) rates in this species. No evidences of differences in size exponent were found between physiological rates or between both populations for any physiological rate. Intercepts of regression lines were significantly higher in subtidal than in intertidal mussels, indicating greater levels of energy expenditure in the former. However, metabolic scope for feeding and growth was about two-fold in intertidal mussels, pointing to a reduced growth efficiency compared with subtidal mussels. Evolution of biometric parameters of body components with size indicated that subtidal mussels allocated energy resources preferably into flesh growth, achieving higher condition indices, while intertidal mussels put more effort on shell calcification and thickening which resulted in heavier shells of reduced organic content. These differentiated growth “strategies” of both populations could be related to their differences in growth efficiencies
Description15 páginas, 5 tablas, 5 figuras
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10750-016-2672-3
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