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Oxygen consumption of the semi-terrestrial crab Pachygrapsus marmoratus in relation to body mass and temperature: an information theory approach
Katsanevakis, S.; Xanthopoulos, J.; Protopapas, N.; Verriopoulos, G. (2007). Oxygen consumption of the semi-terrestrial crab Pachygrapsus marmoratus in relation to body mass and temperature: an information theory approach. Mar. Biol. (Berl.) 151(1): 343-352. http://hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s00227-006-0485-z
In: Marine Biology. Springer: Heidelberg; Berlin. ISSN 0025-3162, more
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  • Katsanevakis, S.
  • Xanthopoulos, J.
  • Protopapas, N.
  • Verriopoulos, G.

Abstract
    Pachygrapsus marmoratus is a semi-terrestrial crab and the most common grapsid crab in the intertidal belt of rocky shores throughout the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea and northeastern Atlantic. In this study, the combined effects of temperature (T), body mass (M), and sex (S) on the routine oxygen consumption rate (R) in P. marmoratus were quantified. The blotted wet body mass of the specimens ranged between 43 mg and 18.0 g, and five test temperatures were used between 13.5 and 28.0°C. Six candidate models that reflected different assumptions regarding the dependence of R on S and T were compared. Model selection was based on Kullback–Leibler’s information theory and Akaike’s information criterion (AIC). The model R=eA-E/BTaMb had the highest support by the data (E is the activation energy, B = 8.618 × 10-5 eV K-1 is Boltzmann’s constant, T a is the absolute temperature in Kelvin, and b the allometric scaling exponent); for P. marmoratus it was found that R(mgh-1)=e10.25-0.298/BTaM0.754. No sex dependence of R was supported by the data. Following a multi-model inference (MMI) approach, the mean (± SE) allometric exponent b¯^ was 0.750 (± 0.013) having a 95% (bootstrap) confidence interval of 0.726–0.774. Thus, it was established that P. marmoratus follows Kleiber’s 3/4 law, as seems to be generally true for intertidal crabs. The allometric exponent was independent of temperature as has also been reported for many other marine invertebrates (at normal temperatures). Q 10 values were relatively low, indicating wide thermal tolerance of the species. Model selection based on information theory is recommended for respiration studies, as an effective method in finding a parsimonious approximating model. MMI by model averaging, based on Akaike weights, is an effective way to make robust parameter estimations and deal with model selection uncertainty.

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