Chronic hypoxia and low salinity impair anti-predatory responses of the green-lipped mussel Perna viridis

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  • Youji Wang
  • Menghong Hu
  • P. K S Shin
  • Weiqun Lu
  • Jiale Li


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-89
Journal / PublicationMarine Environmental Research
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012


The effects of chronic hypoxia and low salinity on anti-predatory responses of the green-lipped mussel Perna viridis were investigated. Dissolved oxygen concentrations ranged from hypoxic to normoxic (1.5 ± 0.3 mg l -1, 3.0 ± 0.3 mg l -1 and 6.0 ± 0.3 mg l -1), and salinities were selected within the variation during the wet season in Hong Kong coastal waters (15‰, 20‰, 25‰ and 30‰). The dissolved oxygen and salinity significantly affected some anti-predatory responses of mussel, including byssus production, shell thickness and shell weight, and the adductor diameter was only significantly affected by salinity. Besides, interactive effects of dissolved oxygen and salinity on the byssus production and shell thickness were also observed. In hypoxic and low salinity conditions, P. viridis produced fewer byssal threads, thinner shell and adductor muscle, indicating that hypoxia and low salinity are severe environmental stressors for self-defence of mussel, and their interactive effects further increase the predation risk. © 2012.

Research Area(s)

  • Adductor muscle, Anti-predatory trait, Byssus, Green-lipped mussel, Hypoxia, Salinity, Shell thickness, Shell weight, Synergistic effects