Effect of prolonged hypoxia on food consumption, respiration, growth and reproduction in marine scavenging gastropod Nassarius festivus

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)280-286
Journal / PublicationMarine Pollution Bulletin
Issue number6-12
Publication statusPublished - 2008


The effects of prolonged exposure to reduced oxygen levels (3.0 and 1.5 mg O2 l-1) on marine scavenging gastropods Nassarius festivus were studied for 8 weeks. The percentages of individuals engaged in feeding and amount of food consumed were reduced as oxygen level decreased; absorption efficiency, however, did not vary significantly with oxygen level. Oxygen consumption rates and specific oxygen consumption rates were lower at reduced oxygen levels. Reproduction occurred at all oxygen levels with less egg capsules being produced at lower oxygen levels. Egg size and number of eggs per capsule, however, were not significantly affected by oxygen level. The increase in shell length was 12%, 6% and 5% at 6.0 mg O2 l-1 (normoxia), 3.0 mg O2 l-1 and 1.5 mg O2 l-1, respectively. At the end of the experiment, the amount of energy allocated to growth and reproduction decreased at reduced oxygen levels with values obtained at 3.0 mg O2 l-1 and 1.5 mg O2 l-1 being 48% and 70% lower than those at 6.0 mg O2 l-1. At all oxygen levels, most of the accumulated energy was allocated to shell growth and reproduction, and the amount allocated to somatic growth was relatively insignificant. The reduction in energy allocated to reproduction was greater than that to shell growth as the oxygen level was reduced, indicating a strategic energy allocation of marine scavengers under stressful conditions to enhance survival. © 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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  • Energetics, Feeding, Gastropods, Hypoxia, Nassarius, Reproduction

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