Behavioral responses to ocean acidification in marine invertebrates: new insights and future directions

  • Ting Wang
  • Youji WangEmail author


Ocean acidification (OA) affects marine biodiversity and alters the structure and function of marine populations, communities, and ecosystems. Recently, effects of OA on the behavioral responses of marine animals have been given with much attention. While many of previous studies focuses on marine fish. Evidence suggests that marine invertebrate behaviors were also be affected. In this review, we discussed the effects of C02-driven OA on the most common behaviors studied in marine invertebrates, including settlement and habitat selection, feeding, anti-predatory, and swimming behaviors, and explored the related mechanisms behind behaviors. This review summarizes how OA affects marine invertebrate behavior, and provides new insights and highlights novel areas for future research.


carbon dioxide global climate change invertebrate behavior ocean acidification (OA) pH 


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We are grateful to Dr. Jeff Clements, Dr. Sam Dupont, and two anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments and revisions for this review.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Demonstration Center for Experimental Fisheries Science Education (Shanghai Ocean University)ShanghaiChina
  2. 2.International Research Center for Marine Biosciences at Shanghai Ocean University, Ministry of Science and TechnologyShanghaiChina
  3. 3.Key Laboratory of Exploration and Utilization of Aquatic Genetic Resources (Shanghai Ocean University), Ministry of EducationShanghaiChina

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