Uncoupling of somatic and otolith growth rates in Arctic char

Henrik Mosegaard, Henrik Svedäng, Kjell Taberman

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Experiments were conducted to study the effect of temperature, fish size, and somatic growth rate on mean daily otolith growth rate in Arctic char (Salvelinus alpinus) fry fed maximum rations. Long-term experiments at two different temperatures (8 and 13.degree. C) showed exponential relationship between otolith weight and fish wet weight, with the exponent of wet weight for the higher temperature being significantly higher than for the lower temperature. Increasing exponents at each sampling date indicated a difference in growth rates of the char and its otoliths. Short-term experiments showed that specific growth rate of the fry at six different temperatures was that of an optimum curve whereas the otolith growth rate continued to increase with increasing temperatures. A clear uncoupling between otolith growth rate and fish growth rate was demonstrated whereas temperature and fish wet weight modeled otolith growth rate reasonably well. It was found that otolith growth rate expressed as daily increase in weight gave a model with better fit and higher generality than growth rate along various radii. Several examples of uncoupling between fish growth rate and otolith growth rate in the literature was reexamined, and an explanation of otolith growth rate in terms of a metabolic expression was suggested.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCanadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Issue number9
Pages (from-to)1514-1524
Publication statusPublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes


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