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Metabolic cold adaptation of polar fish based on measurements of aerobic oxygen consumption: fact or artefact? Artefact!
Steffensen, J.F. (2002). Metabolic cold adaptation of polar fish based on measurements of aerobic oxygen consumption: fact or artefact? Artefact! Comp. Biochem. Physiol., Part A Physiol. 132: 789-795
In: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A. Physiology. Pergamon: Oxford. ISSN 0300-9629, more
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  • Steffensen, J.F.

Abstract
    Whether metabolic cold adaptation in polar fish, based on measurements of aerobic standard metabolic rate, is a fact or an artefact has been a dispute since Holeton asked the question in 1974. So far polar fish had been considered to be metabolically cold adapted because they were reported to have a considerably elevated resting oxygen consumption, or standard metabolic rate, compared with oxygen consumption values of tropical or temperate fish extrapolated to similar low polar temperatures. Recent experiments on Arctic and Antarctic fish, however, do not show elevated resting aerobic oxygen consumption values, or standard metabolic rate, and hence it is concluded that that metabolic cold adaptation in the traditional sense is an artefact.

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