Salinity tolerance of larvae of the mangrove red snapper (Lutjanus argentimaculatus) during ontogeny
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Salinity tolerance and the effects of salinity on growth, condition factor and chloride cell (CC) densities were evaluated for Lutjanus argentimaculatus larvae during ontogeny. Tolerance of L. argentimaculatus larvae to abrupt changes of salinity from 32 ppt varied with age. Periods to 50% mortality (LT50) were significantly (P<0.05) longer for 0-day-old larvae than for 7-, 14- and 21-day-old larvae. Tolerance of abrupt salinity change increased remarkably, starting on day 28. Although abrupt transfer to test salinities caused substantial mortalities, L. argentimaculatus larvae, regardless of age (0-, 7-, 14-day-old), showed significantly longer LT50 when abruptly transferred to 8 and 16 ppt than for transfers to 24 and 40 ppt (P<0.05). Growth of L. argentimaculatus larvae at 16, 24, 32 (control) and 40 ppt was not significantly different either at the end of the first rearing phase (days 0–21) or second phase of rearing (days 22–50). Survival was significantly lowest at 40 ppt (4.3%) at the end of first phase of rearing (P<0.05). There were no significant differences in survival rates at the end of the second phase of rearing; however, the condition factor (K) of larvae reared at lower salinities was significantly higher than that of fish at 40 ppt (P<0.05). Gill epithelia of 42- and 50-day-old larvae showed increasing density of CC with increasing salinity.
Suggested CitationEstudillo, C. B., Duray, M. N., Marasigan, E. T., & Emata, A. C. (2000). Salinity tolerance of larvae of the mangrove red snapper (Lutjanus argentimaculatus) during ontogeny.
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