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Type: Journal article
Title: Irreversible behavioural impairment of fish starts early: Embryonic exposure to ocean acidification
Author: Rodriguez-Dominguez, A.
Connell, S.
Baziret, C.
Nagelkerken, I.
Citation: Marine Pollution Bulletin, 2018; 133:562-567
Publisher: Elsevier
Issue Date: 2018
ISSN: 0025-326X
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Almendra Rodriguez-Dominguez, Sean D. Connell, Clement Baziret, Ivan Nagelkerken
Abstract: Long-term species responses to ocean acidification depend on their sensitivity during different life stages. We tested for sensitivity of juvenile fish behaviour to ocean acidification by exposing eggs to control and elevated CO2 levels, and translocating offspring between treatments in a reciprocal design. After 12 weeks of exposure, activity, inactivity and anxiety levels of juveniles from control eggs were similar, whether juveniles had experienced elevated CO2 conditions or not, and this pattern was consistent over time. However, juveniles raised as eggs under elevated CO2 showed increased anxiety levels compared to those from control eggs. This response was not reversed when CO2-exposed juveniles were translocated to control conditions. Our findings highlight the value of evaluating fish sensitivities to global change pollutants across different life stages, and indicate that sensitivity during the often-overlooked egg stage can be critical with long-lasting impairment of behaviours that are coupled to individual fitness and population persistence.
Keywords: Embryonic stage; fish sensitivity; activity levels; anxiety levels; long-lasting impairment
Description: Available online 19 June 2018
Rights: © 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
RMID: 0030090754
DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.06.004
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