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Respiration of Sepia officinalis during embryonic and early juvenile life
Wolf, G.; Verheyen, E.; Vlaeminck, A.; Lemaire, J.; Decleir, W. (1985). Respiration of Sepia officinalis during embryonic and early juvenile life. Mar. Biol. (Berl.) 90(1): 35-39.
In: Marine Biology. Springer: Heidelberg; Berlin. ISSN 0025-3162, more
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  • Wolf, G.
  • Verheyen, E.
  • Vlaeminck, A.
  • Lemaire, J.
  • Decleir, W., more

    Adult Sepia officinalis L. were caught in June 1984, in the coastal waters of Wimereux (France). Deposition of the eggs took place in the seawater aquaria of the “Station Marine”. The oxygen consumption of S. officinalis was measured during embryonic and juvenile development. Aerobic metabolism occurs as soon as the early embryonic Stage 21. Oxygen diffuses through the initially thick egg shell; the oxygen level in the perivitelline liquid reaches a maximal value just before hatching (116.7±6.9 mm Hg). Hatchings display only a slight increase in oxygen consumption compared to embryos in the last stage of development. Respiration experiments with 40 d old juveniles showed that oxygen consumption increases with temperature, but is not affected by photoperiod. Experiments under increasing hypoxia revealed that S. officinalis juveniles are good regulators and maintain a constant oxygen consumption in the range of 4 to 7 mg O2l-1. Juveniles successfully recover from an hypoxic stress of 2 mg O2l-1 maintained for 1 h. This suggests that the respiratory pigments (pre-hemocyanins) of 40 d-old juveniles have a high oxygen affinity and/or that these juveniles have the ability to adapt to anaerobic conditions.

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