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Fisheries Behavioral Ecology - Abstracts

Olla, B.L. and M.W. Davis. 1992. Phototactic responses of unfed walleye pollock, Theragra chalcogramma larvae: comparisons with other measures of condition. Environmental Biology of Fishes 35:105-108.


The capability of unfed walleye pollock, Theragra chalcogramma, larvae to swim horizontally towards light was used as a sensitive, sublethal measure of larval condition. At 9° C, positive phototaxis and swimming ability of larvae was fully developed by 4–6 d after hatching, then decreased steadily until death by 12 d after hatching. This measure of larval condition corresponded closely with previously established benchmarks of larval condition, including first feeding, yolksac absorption, point of no return and death by starvation. The presence and timing of behavioral deficits associated with starvation, such as decreased ability to swim, feed and avoid predators, may have significant effects on the ability of larvae to vertically migrate, avoid predators and find and capture food.


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