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Physiological plasticity v. inter-population variability: understanding drivers of hypoxia tolerance in a tropical estuarine fish

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Collins, GM and Clark, TD and Carton, AG, Physiological plasticity v. inter-population variability: understanding drivers of hypoxia tolerance in a tropical estuarine fish, Marine and Freshwater Research, 67 pp. 1575-1582. ISSN 1323-1650 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright CSIRO 2016

DOI: doi:10.1071/MF15046

Abstract

Physiological plasticity and inter-population variability (e.g. local adaptation) are two key drivers in determining the capacity for species to cope with environmental change, yet the relative contribution of each parameter has received little attention. Here, we investigate the acclimation potential of two geographically distinct populations of the barramundi (Lates calcarifer) to diel hypoxia. Fish were exposed to a daily hypoxia challenge of 6h below 62% saturation, down to a minimum of 105% saturation, followed by a return to normoxia. Respiratory and haematological variables were assessed after 8 and 16 days of daily hypoxia exposure. Hypoxia tolerance (measured as the critical oxygen tension; [O2]crit) was not different between populations and not different from control fish after 8 days ([O2]crit=20.72.8% saturation), but improved similarly in both populations after 16 days ([O2]crit=16.53.1% saturation). This improvement corresponded with increases in haematocrit and haemoglobin, but not an increase in the mean cell haemoglobin concentration. Given the similarity of the response between these two geographically distinct populations, we conclude that hypoxia tolerance for barramundi may be more dependent on physiological plasticity than inherent variability between populations.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:barramundi, Lates calcarifer, local adaptation, oxygen
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Zoology
Research Field:Animal Physiological Ecology
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Objective Field:Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales
Author:Clark, TD (Dr Timothy Clark)
ID Code:110418
Year Published:2016 (online first 2015)
Deposited By:IMAS Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2016-07-27
Last Modified:2017-11-06
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