Marine Biology

, Volume 112, Issue 1, pp 17–22 | Cite as

Metabolic scaling, buoyancy, and growth in larval Atlantic menhaden, Brevoortia tyrannus

  • J. H. Power
  • P. J. Walsh


We measured growth of larval Atlantic menhaden, Brevoortia tyrannus in terms of mass, volume, and weight in water as well as the mass-specific activities of the metabolic enzymes citrate synthase, lactate dehydrogenase, and malate dehydrogenase. Weight in water, the force the fish must exert to maintain vertical position, increases by a factor of 18 in larvae growing from 10 to 15 mm. The weight increase coincides with the development of the larval swim bladder. The activities of all three enzymes per unit mass of fish tissue decline greatly over this time period, indicating that the fish does not further develop its aerobic and anaerobic metabolic capacity for swimming during this growth interval.


Enzyme Lactate Citrate Lactate Dehydrogenase Unit Mass 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. H. Power
    • 1
  • P. J. Walsh
    • 2
  1. 1.Coastal Fisheries InstituteLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA
  2. 2.Division of Marine Biology and FisheriesRosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric SciencesMiamiUSA

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