Aspects of Eco-Physiological Adaptations in Antarctic Fish

  • Andreas P. A. Wöhrmann


Antarctic marine ectotherms are highly specialized to cold stenothermic conditions. At low temperatures, the rates of molecular diffusion and enzyme reactions can slow down considerably, and in absence of compensating mechanisms, physiological processes in Antarctic ectothermes ought to proceed more slowly than in specimens of temperate or tropical environments [1]. Organisms exhibit a diversity in lipid structures to fashion membranes to prevailing ambient temperatures in such a manner that they become more fluid in a cold-acclimatized state than in a warm-acclimatized state [2].


High Lipid Content Antarctic Fish Brain Ganglioside Notothenioid Fish Gonado Somatic Index 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andreas P. A. Wöhrmann
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  1. 1.Institut für PolarökologieUniversity of KielKielGermany

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