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Pressure and temperature interactions on aerobic metabolism of migrating European silver eel.

Abstract : During their migration for reproduction, European eels have to cope with many environmental factors changes. The main changes concern hydrostatic pressure and temperature that are important environmental and physiological factors when considering life in the deep sea. We focus on the consequences of pressure (from 0.1 to 12.1MPa by 1MPa steps) and temperature (9, 15, 22 degrees C) shifts on the oxygen consumption (MO(2)) at the whole animal level. Because of their morphological differences, we are also interested in males and females to evaluate the best conditions for migration. Firstly, whatever temperature, males present higher aerobic capacities than females at atmospheric pressure. Secondly, an increase in temperature increases the pressure effects in males (synergy) but decreases them in females (opposite effects). We raise the hypothesis that two different migration strategies could be used in the water column in order to reach the breeding area: males could tend to privilege pressure and cold waters (deep water) and females, on the other hand, could opt for warmer temperature surface waters.
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D. Scaion, M. Belhomme, P. Sébert. Pressure and temperature interactions on aerobic metabolism of migrating European silver eel.. Respiratory Physiology and Neurobiology, Elsevier, 2008, 164 (3), pp.319-22. ⟨10.1016/j.resp.2008.08.001⟩. ⟨hal-00750448⟩

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