Developmental Thermal Acclimation in a Species of Damselfish
Grenchik, M.K., Donelson, J.M. and Munday, P.L. 2013. Evidence for developmental thermal acclimation in the damsel fish, Pomacentrus moluccensis. Coral Reefs 32: 85-90.
To provide a quick check on this line of reasoning, Grenchik et al. reared newly-settled juveniles of the tropical damselfish Pomacentrus moluccensis for a period of four months in four different temperature treatments, which consisted of the current-day summer average (28.5°C) and up to 3°C above the average (29.5, 30.5 and 31.5°C).
Based on their analysis, the three Australian researchers discovered that the RMRs of fish reared at 29.5 and 31.5°C were "significantly higher than the control group reared at 28.5°C," and they indicate that "fish that developed in 30.5 and 31.5°C exhibited an enhanced ability to deal with acute temperature increases."
In the words of Grenchik et al., "this study shows that there is capacity for thermal acclimation during development, with individuals reared from an early age at some temperatures able to modify their physiology to maintain RMRs at near present-day levels," with the result that this developmental thermal acclimation "may assist coral reef fish to cope with increases in water temperature without a substantial loss to performance."
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