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Temperature effects on metabolic rate and cardiorespiratory physiology of the spiny rock lobster (Jasus edwardsii) during rest, emersion and recovery

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posted on 2014-05-01, 00:00 authored by Len ForganLen Forgan, N P L Tuckey, D G Cook, A R Jerrett
Although spiny rock lobster (Jasus edwardsii) is a wholly sub-littoral species, they show a considerable ability to survive prolonged emersion, a fact exploited during the commercial export of this species. Yet, despite this remarkable hardiness, basic information on how this species responds physiologically to emersion is somewhat lacking. Using flow-through respirometry and electrophysiological techniques, we identified that J. edwardsii undergoes marked physiological changes during rest, emersion and recovery over a broad range of temperatures (3.7-17.8 °C). Under resting conditions, routine metabolic rates (RMR) were 22.57 ± 2.39, 9.69 ± 0.55 and 8.09 ± 0.27 mL O2 h(-1), average heart rates (Hr) were 54.72 ± 4.46, 37.68 ± 2.86 and 29.67 ± 0.59 BPM, and ventilation frequencies were 83.71 ± 5.86, 45.34 ± 2.91 and 41.62 ± 0.65 BPM at 15.0, 7.5 and 3.7 °C, respectively. Notably, the surgical implantation of electrodes elevated RMR compared with non-surgical treatments. In surgery and non-surgery groups, Q 10 was calculated to be ca. 3.0. Upon emersion, rate of oxygen consumption and Hr decreased below resting rates in a temperature-dependent manner, but, along with rate of CO2 production, increased steadily during 24-h emersion. Ventilation frequencies upon emersion showed a contrasting response and increased significantly above resting rates. When returned to flow-through sea water for recovery, elevated respiration rates provided clear evidence of an O2 debt, and near-complete recovery was observed after 17 h at both 15.0 and 7.5 °C, but close to no debt was recovered at 3.7 °C. In addition, J. edwardsii was observed to undergo marked diurnal and periodic ventilation cycles, characterised by synchronous changes in RMR, Hr and ventilation frequency.



Journal of comparative physiology. B, Biochemical, systemic, and environmental physiology






437 - 447



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C Journal article; C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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