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Lethal temperatures in ammocoetes of four species of lampreys

Potter, I.C. and Beamish, F.W.H. (1975) Lethal temperatures in ammocoetes of four species of lampreys. Acta Zoologica, 56 (1). pp. 85-91.

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An investigation has been made of the resistance time and upper lethal temperature of ammocoetes of four species of lampreys provided with a substrate into which they could readily burrow. In general, ammocoetes burrowed after transfer from the acclimation to the experimental temperature baths and later came out of the substrate only in lethal temperatures. A relationship was observed between the resistance time and the time taken to emerge, with the resistance time increasing exponentially with decreasing experimental temperature. In Ichthyomyzon fossor, landlocked Petromyzon marinus, Lampetra (Lethenteron) Lamottenii and in Lampetra (Lampetra) planeri from two different times of the year, the incipient lethal levels over a two week experimental period for larvae acclimated to 15° G were respectively 30.5, 30, 29.5, 28.5 and 28° C. Values for P. marinus acclimated to 5 and 25° C were respectively 29.5 and 31° C, whereas in L. planeri they were 28 and 29° C in April/May and 27 and 29° C in July/August. Extrapolation of the results for the three acclimation temperatures yielded ultimate incipient lethal levels of 31.4° G in P. marinus and 29.2 and 29.4° C for L. planeri examined in the spring and summer respectively.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Copyright: © 1975 The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
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