Effect of temperature on growth, survival and respiratory rate of larval allis shad Alosa alosa

Hans.Poertner [ at ] awi.de


Prior species distribution models identified temperature as one of the most important environmental variables defining the present and future distribution of anadromous allis shad (Alosa alosa). The current study analysed effects of temperature on the recruitment-potential of allis shad by investigating growth and survival at 16, 20, 24 and 28 °C during a ten day rearing trial and by measuring mass-specific respiration. Highest growth in length was at 28 °C; growth at 16 °C was minimal. At the end of the rearing-period, no significant differences in survival between tested rearing-temperatures were found. Exposure to temperatures of 13 to 30 °C and subsequent measurement of mass-specific respiration revealed tolerance of temperatures up to 30 °C and a lower temperature limitation close to 16 °C. After acclimatization of larvae to temperatures ranging from 16−28 °C for 10 days, Q10-values of mass-specific respiration indicated a high adaptive capacity to increasing temperatures, but also the ability to adapt to temperatures as low as 16 °C. Our results indicate that the predicted temperature sensitivity of A. alosa cannot be explained by a direct physiological relationship. The obtained results can help to improve predictive modelling and the conservation of allis shad throughout its current distribution range.

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DOI 10.1051/kmae/2015023

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Hundt, M. , Schiffer, M. , Weiss, M. , Schreiber, B. , Kreiss, C. , Schulz, R. and Gergs, R. (2015): Effect of temperature on growth, survival and respiratory rate of larval allis shad Alosa alosa , Knowledge and Management of Aquatic Ecosystems, (416), p. 27 . doi: 10.1051/kmae/2015023



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