Estimation of physical and physiological performances of blacklip pearl oyster larvae in view of DEB modeling and recruitment assessment

Type Article
Date 2019-03
Language English
Author(s) Sangare Nathanael1, Lo-Yat Alain1, Le Moullac GillesORCID1, Pecquerie Laure2, Thomas Yoann2, Beliaeff Benoit1, Andrefouet Serge3
Affiliation(s) 1 : IFREMER, Ctr Pacifique, Labex Corail, UMR 241 Environm Insulaire Oceanien EIO, BP 49, F-98719 Vairao, French Polynesi, France.
2 : UMR 6539 IRD UBO Ifremer CNRS, Lab Sci Environm Marin LEMAR, BP70, F-29280 Plouzane, France.
3 : Univ Reunion, CNRS, UMR9220 ENTROPIE, IRD, BP A5, Noumea 98848, New Caledonia.
Source Journal Of Experimental Marine Biology And Ecology (0022-0981) (Elsevier Science Bv), 2019-03 , Vol. 512 , P. 42-50
DOI 10.1016/j.jembe.2018.12.008
WOS© Times Cited 9
Keyword(s) Bivalve larvae, Pinctada margaritifera, Physiology, Energetics, Dynamic energy budget theory, Pearl farming, Aquaculture

In French Polynesia black pearl farming represents one of the dominant business sectors. However, it still entirely relies on unpredictable Pinctada margaritifera spat collection success, which is itself conditioned by larval development completion. To assess the relationship between larval development and recruitment success, we studied under controlled conditions the effect of food concentration on development, growth, ingestion rate, survival and metabolic rate at the larval stage. Larvae were exposed to four different phytoplankton densities (2,5; 7,5; 15 and 30 cell.μL−1). Larvae survived equally all over the range of phytoplankton concentration with an average survival rate of 16% at the end of experiments. Food concentration significantly affected the larval physiology throughout its development from birth to metamorphosis. Growth and feeding were close to those reported by previous laboratory observations with young spat of 210 μm long obtained in 18 days of rearing at 28 °C for the highest food concentration. Differences in length at metamorphosis and cumulated energy ingested until settlement occurred according to trophic levels with a saturation threshold close to 0.0086 J.ind−1. This level was reached at the food concentration of 15 cell.μL−1. Larval development stages could be divided on the basis of the energy balance between feeding and respiration rates. An initial mixotrophic period with a lower and constant ingestion/respiration ratio over the first three days (from birth to D-veliger larva) was followed by an exotrophic phase characterized by a sharp increase in energy balance highly dependent of food concentration. Finally two sharp decreases of feeding rates were recorded during metamorphosis before umbonate and eyed stages. This study provided numerous new clues to establish a quasi-deterministic relationship between food condition and larval development. It highlights the major effect of food concentration and how energy intake through feeding as well as behavioral and physiological transitions can optimize larval development duration and minimize “the risky phase” of their life cycle. By taking into account the observed metabolic switches, the results provide a strong foundation for Dynamic Energy Budget model development and better description of the complex interactions between P. margaritifera physiology and environmental conditions.

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Sangare Nathanael, Lo-Yat Alain, Le Moullac Gilles, Pecquerie Laure, Thomas Yoann, Beliaeff Benoit, Andrefouet Serge (2019). Estimation of physical and physiological performances of blacklip pearl oyster larvae in view of DEB modeling and recruitment assessment. Journal Of Experimental Marine Biology And Ecology, 512, 42-50. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :