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Evidence that temperature change cues reproductive development in the spiny damselfish, Acanthochromis polyacanthus


Hilder, ML and Pankhurst, NW, Evidence that temperature change cues reproductive development in the spiny damselfish, Acanthochromis polyacanthus, Environmental Biology of Fishes , 66, (2) pp. 187-196. ISSN 0378-1909 (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1023/A:1023601729203


The role of temperature in the reproductive development of the spiny damselfish, Acanthochromis polyacanthus, was assessed by measuring changes in ovulatory periodicity and plasma levels of gonadal steroids in response to temperature shifts of 4°C. This was assessed in sexually mature, paired and unpaired fish. The effect of brood presence on reproductive activity was also assessed. Temperature change but not brood presence significantly affected the spawning periodicity of sexually mature, reproductively active pairs. A temperature increase from 24°C to 28°C resulted in a decrease in the ovulatory period from 32 days to 21 days. Incubation temperature was found to dramatically affect survival of the egg clutches with only one of 13 egg clutches surviving to hatching at 24°C, compared with 50 of 51 egg clutches surviving at 28°C. Gonadal steroid production was positively correlated with temperature increase in paired fish. Plasma levels of 17β-estradiol and testosterone (T), increased significantly in female fish, whereas there was no change in T and 11-ketotestosterone, in paired male fish exposed to a temperature increase from 24°C to 28°C. In unpaired fish, temperature change had ambiguous affects on plasma steroid levels, suggesting that social context is necessary for stimulation of reproductive development by temperature.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Aquaculture
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - aquaculture
Objective Field:Fisheries - aquaculture not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Hilder, ML (Mr Mark Hilder)
UTAS Author:Pankhurst, NW (Professor Ned Pankhurst)
ID Code:26397
Year Published:2003
Web of Science® Times Cited:44
Deposited By:TAFI - Aquaculture
Deposited On:2003-08-01
Last Modified:2004-03-29

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