Do environmental conditions (temperature and food composition) affect otolith shape during fish early-juvenile phase? An experimental approach applied to European Seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax)

Type Article
Date 2019-12
Language English
Author(s) Mahé KeligORCID1, Gourtay Clemence2, Bled--Defruit Geoffrey1, Chantre Celina1, de Pontual HeleneORCID3, Amara Rachid4, Claireaux Guy5, Audet C., Zambonino-Infante Jose-LuisORCID2, Ernande BrunoORCID1, 7
Affiliation(s) 1 : IFREMER, Centre Manche Mer du Nord, Laboratoire ressources halieutiques, BP 699, 62321 Boulogne-sur-mer, France
2 : IFREMER, Univ Brest, CNRS, IRD, LEMAR (UMR 6539), CS, 10070, F-29280 Plouzané, France
3 : IFREMER, Centre de Bretagne, Sciences et Technologies Halieutiques, Z.I. Pointe du Diable, CS, 10070, 29280 Plouzané, France
4 : Université Littoral Côte d'Opale, Université de Lille, CNRS, UMR 8187, LOG, Laboratoire d'Océanologie et de Géosciences, F-62930 Wimereux, France
5 : Université de Bretagne Occidentale, CNRS, IRD, Ifremer, LEMAR (UMR 6539) F-29280, CS, 10070, F-29280 Plouzané, France
6 : Institut des sciences de la mer de Rimouski (ISMER), Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR), Rimouski, QC G5L 3A1, Canada
7 : Evolution and Ecology Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Schlossplatz 1, A-2361 Laxenburg, Austria
Source Journal Of Experimental Marine Biology And Ecology (0022-0981) (Elsevier BV), 2019-12 , Vol. 521 , P. 151239 (10p.)
DOI 10.1016/j.jembe.2019.151239
WOS© Times Cited 13
Keyword(s) n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, Otolith shape, Temperature effect, Elliptic Fourier descriptors, Multivariate mixed-effects models, Directional asymmetry

Otolith shape is an efficient tool for fish stock discrimination. Therefore, it is crucial to identify the environmental parameters that could influence otolith morphogenesis and growth. Current global ocean warming negatively affects the production of polyunsaturated fatty acids (EPA and DHA) by phytoplankton and thus their availability in marine food webs. As EPA and DHA are essential nutrients for most fish species, their deficiency could affect many aspects of fish physiology, notably otolith morphogenesis. The goal of this study was to assess experimentally the combined influences of temperature (T) and dietary polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) content on European seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax) otolith morphogenesis during early life stages. 300 individuals were reared from 94 to 200 days post hatch (dph) at 15 or 20 °C and fed a high (1.65% PUFA) or low (0.73% PUFA) nutrient diet. To analyze the temperature effect, Growing Degree Days (GDD) were used. Otolith morphometric measurements, shape factors and normalized Elliptical Fourier coefficients describing outline shape were extracted using image analysis. The directional asymmetry (DA) between left and right otolith shapes was not significantly correlated to the GDD or food nutrient level. The effects of T and PUFA on otolith shape were estimated using four linear mixed effects models and, for all descriptors of otolith outline, the best model included GDD, PUFA and T and their interaction as predictors. This temperature effect was described by GDD value and the interaction between GDD and T. Consequently, temperature has an effect on the speed but also on the morphogenesis trajectory of the otolith. Conversely, the concentration of PUFA in the diet had no significant effect on otolith shape. The otolith shape was first modified by a decrease in the width/length ratio during the first period of experiment and by the distance between rostrum and antirostrum during the second period of experiment. Our results indicate that otolith shape is very sensitive to environmental temperature and, as such, can be an effective tool for identifying fish stocks that have experienced different temperature regimes.

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Mahé Kelig, Gourtay Clemence, Bled--Defruit Geoffrey, Chantre Celina, de Pontual Helene, Amara Rachid, Claireaux Guy, Audet C., Zambonino-Infante Jose-Luis, Ernande Bruno (2019). Do environmental conditions (temperature and food composition) affect otolith shape during fish early-juvenile phase? An experimental approach applied to European Seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax). Journal Of Experimental Marine Biology And Ecology, 521, 151239 (10p.). Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :