Ocean acidification and the early life history development of a tropical marine fish

We tested the effects of elevated environmental CO2 on the growth, survival, skeletal development and otolith (ear bone) calcification of a common coral reef fish, the spiny damselfish Acanthochromis polyacanthus.

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    Data Publication title Ocean acidification and the early life history development of a tropical marine fish
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    We tested the effects of elevated environmental CO2 on the growth, survival, skeletal development and otolith (ear bone) calcification of a common coral reef fish, the spiny damselfish Acanthochromis polyacanthus.

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      Newly hatched juveniles were reared for 3 wk at 4 different levels of PCO2(seawater) spanning concentrations already experienced in near-reef waters (450 µatm CO2) to those predicted to occur over the next 50 to 100 yr in the IPCC A2 emission scenario (600, 725, 850 µatm CO2). Elevated PCO2 had no effect on juvenile growth or survival. Similarly, there was no consistent variation in the size of 29 different skeletal elements that could be attributed to CO2 treatments. Finally, otolith size, shape and symmetry (between left and right side of the body) were not affected by exposure to elevated PCO2, despite the fact that otoliths are composed of aragonite.

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    • Calcification
    • Otolith
    • Climate Change
    • Coral reef fish
    • Carbon Dioxide
    • Acanthochromis polyacanthus
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    Tropical Ecosystems, Conservation and Climate Change
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    • 050101 - Ecological Impacts of Climate Change (050101)
    • 060205 - Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology) (060205)
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    • 970106 - Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences (970106)
    • 960399 - Climate and Climate Change not elsewhere classified (960399)
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  • Start Date 2010/01/01
  • End Date 2011/01/01
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    Physical Location School of Marine & Tropical Biology, James Cook University, Townsville QLD 4811, Australia, Phone: (07) 4781 4345 (International: +61 7 4781 4345), Fax: (07) 4781 5511 (International: +61 7 4781 5511)
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      Name Munday, Philip L., Gagliano, Monica, Donelson, Jennifer M., Dixson, Danielle L., and Thorrold, Simon (2011) Ocean acidification does not affect the early life history development of a tropical marine fish. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 423 . pp. 211-221. ISSN 1616-1599
    • URL http://dx.doi.org/10.3354/meps08990
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    Citation Munday, Philip; Donelson, Jennifer; Dixson, Danielle (2012): Ocean acidification and the early life history development of a tropical marine fish. James Cook University.