Acidification of the Small Larvae of a Large Tropical Marine Fish
Bignami, S., Sponaugle, S. and Cowen, R.K. 2013. Response to ocean acidification in larvae of a large tropical marine fish, Rachycentron canadum. Global Change Biology 19: 996-1006.
The three U.S. researchers report finding that "cobia exhibited resistance to treatment effects on growth, development, swimming ability, and swimming activity at 800 and 2100 µatm pCO2," while also finding that "these scenarios resulted in a significant increase in otolith size (up to 25% larger area)."
In the concluding words Bignami et al., "this study demonstrates that cobia is unlikely to experience a strong negative impact from CO2-induced acidification predicted to occur within the next several centuries," which consequence they speculate "may be due to the naturally variable environmental conditions this species currently encounters throughout ontogeny in coastal environments," which they further suggest "may lead to an increased acclimatization ability even during long-term exposure to stressors."