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Fisheries Behavioral Ecology - Abstracts

Olla, B.L. and M.W. Davis. 1993. The influence of light on egg buoyancy and hatching rate of the walleye pollock, Theragra chalcogramma. Journal of Fish Biology 42:693-698.


Changes in buoyancy in fertilized bathypelagic eggs of the walleye pollock, Theragra chalcogramma, collected from Shelikof Strait in the Gulf of Alaska were measured under controlled laboratory conditions in density gradient columns from 90 h post–fertilization through hatching. Eggs were incubated at 6° C and exposed to either diel light or constant dark. Eggs held under diel light conditions became more dense than eggs under constant dark beginning <10 h after exposure to light and remained so until 12 h before hatching. Eggs held under constant dark then became more dense than those under diel light. Hatching of eggs under both conditions began at the same time but eggs under diel light showed a delayed hatching rate. Light–induced changes in egg density indicate the ability of walleye pollock eggs to respond to external stimuli and thereby alter their position in the water column in an ecologically meaningful way.


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