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dc.contributor.authorGilmore, K.en
dc.contributor.authorDoubleday, Z.en
dc.contributor.authorGillanders, B.en
dc.date.issued2018en
dc.identifier.citationOecologia, 2018; 186(1):37-47en
dc.identifier.issn0029-8549en
dc.identifier.issn1432-1939en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2440/109901-
dc.description.abstractHypoxic or oxygen-free zones are linked to large-scale mortalities of fauna in aquatic environments. Studies investigating the hypoxia tolerance of fish are limited and focused on marine species and short-term exposure. However, there has been minimal effort to understand the implications of long-term exposure on fish and their ability to acclimate. To test the effects of long-term exposure (months) of fish to hypoxia we devised a novel method to control the level of available oxygen. Juvenile golden perch (Macquaria ambigua ambigua), and silver perch (Bidyanus bidyanus), two key native species found within the Murray Darling Basin, Australia, were exposed to different temperatures (20, 24 and 28 °C) combined with normoxic (6-8 mgO₂ L⁻¹ or 12-14 kPa) and hypoxic (3-4 mgO₂ L⁻¹ or 7-9 kPa) conditions. After 10 months, fish were placed in individual respirometry chambers to measure standard and maximum metabolic rate (SMR and MMR), absolute aerobic scope (AAS) and hypoxia tolerance. Golden perch had a much higher tolerance to hypoxia exposure than silver perch, as most silver perch died after only 1 month exposure. Golden perch acclimated to hypoxia had reduced MMR at 20 and 28 °C, but there was no change to SMR. Long-term exposure to hypoxia improved the tolerance of golden perch to hypoxia, compared to individuals held under normoxic conditions suggesting that golden perch can acclimate to levels around 3 mgO₂ L⁻¹ (kPa ~ 7) and lower. The contrasting tolerance of two sympatric fish species to hypoxia highlights our lack of understanding of how hypoxia effects fish after long-term exposure.en
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityKayla L. Gilmore, Zoe A. Doubleday, Bronwyn M. Gillandersen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSpringeren
dc.rights© Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany 2017en
dc.subjectMetabolic scope; sub-lethal; threshold limit; acclimation; water managementen
dc.titleTesting hypoxia: physiological effects of long-term exposure in two freshwater fishesen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.identifier.rmid0030077193en
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s00442-017-3992-3en
dc.relation.granthttp://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/FT100100767en
dc.identifier.pubid386971-
pubs.library.collectionEarth and Environmental Sciences publicationsen
pubs.library.teamDS14en
pubs.verification-statusVerifieden
pubs.publication-statusPublisheden
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