Effect of body size and temperature on respiration of Galaxias maculatus (Pisces: Galaxiidae)

New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research
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Abstract

Body mass and temperature are primary determinants of metabolic rate in ectothermic animals. Oxygen consumption of post-larval Galaxias maculatus was measured in respirometry trials under different temperatures (5–21°C) and varying body masses (0.1–>1.5 g) spanning a relevant range of thermal conditions and sizes. Specific respiration rates (R in g O2 g−1 d−1) declined as a power function of body mass and increased exponentially with temperature and was expressed as: R = 0.0007 * W −0.31 * e 0.13 * T. The ability of this model to predict specific respiration rate was evaluated by comparing observed values with those predicted by the model. Our findings suggest that the respiration rate of G. maculatus is the result of multiple interactive processes (intrinsic and extrinsic factors) that modulate each other in ‘meta-mechanistic’ ways; this would help to explain the species’ ability to undergo the complex ontogenetic habitat shifts observed in the lakes of the Andean Patagonic range.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Effect of body size and temperature on respiration of Galaxias maculatus (Pisces: Galaxiidae)
Series title New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research
DOI 10.1080/00288330.2016.1231127
Volume 52
Issue 2
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher The Royal Society of New Zealand
Contributing office(s) Coop Res Unit Seattle
Description 9 p.
First page 295
Last page 303