Physiological energetics of the fourth instar of Chinese horseshoe crabs (Tachypleus tridentatus) in response to hypoxic stress and re-oxygenation

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)522-525
Journal / PublicationMarine Pollution Bulletin
Volume85
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 30 Aug 2014

Abstract

Hypoxia associated with eutrophication is a potential threat to the Chinese horseshoe crab Tachypleus tridentatus which inhabits intertidal sand flats in Asia. This study investigated the effect of dissolved oxygen level (DO) (6, 4 and 2mg O2 l-1) on the physiological energetics in the juvenile T. tridentatus. They were exposed to various oxygen levels for three days and then transferred to normoxia for three days to examine the recovery from low oxygen stress. Feeding rate, respiration rate and scope for growth were reduced at lower DO levels while absorption efficiency and excretion rate were independent of DO levels. Although full recovery of the physiological responses and scope for growth from hypoxis stress was observed when normoxia resumed, their long term survival in suboptimal habitats with frequent occurrence of hypoxia deserves a close monitoring as hypoxia may be even more common in future in a warming world. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

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  • Energetics, Horseshoe crab, Hypoxia, Physiology, Reoxygenation, Tachypleus tridentatus

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Physiological energetics of the fourth instar of Chinese horseshoe crabs (Tachypleus tridentatus) in response to hypoxic stress and re-oxygenation. / Shin, Paul K.S.; Chan, Cathy S.K.; Cheung, S. G.

In: Marine Pollution Bulletin, Vol. 85, No. 2, 30.08.2014, p. 522-525.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review