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Hydrobiologia

, Volume 78, Issue 2, pp 177–181 | Cite as

Rate of acclimation of the tropical salt-marsh fish Cyprinodon dearborni to temperature changes

  • K. S. Chung
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Abstract

The acclimation rates of temperature changes in Cyprinodon dearborni, collected from Laguna Los Patos, Cumana, Venezuela, were determined by the critical thermal maximum method.

At an increase in temperature (from 24 to 31°C) fish started to gain acclimation level after 3 hours and took 3 days to fully get up to a higher level of resistance to heat death; however, at a decrease in temperature (from 3 t to 24°C) fish began to lose its acclimation level after 12 days and required 39 days to reach a lower level of resistance to thermal death.

Keywords

Acclimation rate thermal tolerance critical thermal maximum temperature changes tropical fish 

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© Dr. W. Junk b. v. Publishers 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • K. S. Chung
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  1. 1.Instituto Oceanográfico, Universidad de OrienteCumanáVenezuela

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