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Influence of energetic status on ontogenetic niche shifts: emergence from the redd is linked to metabolic rate in brown trout.
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PMID:  21866348     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Ontogenetic niche shift should occur when the ratio of growth opportunities to mortality risk becomes higher in the subsequent habitat. While most studies have focused on size to understand the timing of these shifts, an endogenous factor like energetic status (interaction between energy available and energy requirements) appears as a natural candidate to integrate and analyze the growth trade-off between habitats. In this study, we measure energetic content and metabolic rate of individual brown trout (Salmo trutta) fry at emergence from gravel to investigate the influence of energetic status on the timing of this critical ontogenetic niche shift. In addition, as offspring energetic status is subject to parental effects, we examine how females could maximize their own fitness by influencing offspring emergence timing. Our results demonstrate that emergence from gravel is influenced by energetic status. Individuals that emerge first have a higher energetic content but deplete it faster because of a higher metabolic rate. We also find that female fecundity is positively related to emergence period duration. Moreover, our results suggest that females may decrease kin competition during the critical period of emergence by influencing the energetic status of offspring, thus, maximizing their own fitness. Our results help elucidate the mechanisms underlying early ontogenetic niche shifts in juvenile fish and suggest reasons why maternal investment can be so variable within populations.
Thomas Régnier; Jacques Labonne; Philippe Gaudin; Valérie Bolliet
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-8-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  Oecologia     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1432-1939     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-8-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0150372     Medline TA:  Oecologia     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
INRA-UMR ECOBIOP, Pôle d'Hydrobiologie INRA, 64310, Saint Pée sur Nivelle, France,
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