Effect of temperature on swimming performance of sea bass juveniles

TitleEffect of temperature on swimming performance of sea bass juveniles
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsKoumoundouros, G, Sfakianakis DG, Divanach P, Kentouri M
JournalJournal of Fish Biology
Pages923 - 932
KeywordsCritical swimming speed, Juveniles, Sea bass, Temperature

At four temperatures (T = 15, 20, 25 and 28° C) swimming performance of Dicentrarchus labrax was significantly correlated with total length (23-43 mm L T); r 2 = 0.623-0.829). The relative critical swimming speed (RU crit = U critL T -1), where U crit is the critical swimming speed, was constant throughout the L T range studied. The significant effect of temperature on the relative critical swimming speed was described binomially: RU crit = - 0.0323T 2 + 1.578T - 10.588 (r 2 = 1). The estimated maximum RU crit (8.69 L T s -1) was achieved at 24.4° C, and the 90% performance level was estimated between 19.3 and 29.6° C. © 2002 The Fisheries Society of the British Isles. Published by Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.


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