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Does thermal tolerance of fish vary by life stage?

Duration

September 2008 - December 2012

Narrative

We evaluated upper temperature tolerances by life stage (fry-adult) of rainbow trout Oncorhychus mykiss (41-200 mm total length [TL] ); Rio Grande cutthroat troutOncorhynchus clarki virginalis (36-181mm TL), Apache trout Oncorhynchus apache (40-220 mm TL), largemouth bass(Micropterus salmoides (72-266 mm TL), Nile tilapia Oreochromis niloticus (35-206 mm TL) and channel catfish Ictalurus punctatus using critical thermal (CT) tests. Salmonids were acclimated at 18°C for 14 d, while the tilapia, largemouth bass and channel catfish were acclimated at 25°C for 14 d, CTMaxes then obtained, and data plotted and analyzed using simple linear regression. The results showed no significant difference (P > 0.05) in thermal tolerance between life stages for Nile tilapia, channel catfish, rainbow trout, largemouth bass and Apache trout. There was a significant difference (P < 0.001) in thermal tolerance between life stages of Rio Grande cutthroat trout, however the difference was less than 1°C across all live stages. Upper temperature tolerance of different life stages did not differ among the size groups tested in this wide variety of freshwater fishes. Therefore, management and research decisions based on upper thermal tolerance for one size group would be applicable to other size groups within ranges tested.

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Recsetar, M. S., M. P. Zeigler, D. L. Ward, S. A. Bonar, and C. A. Caldwell. 2012. Relationship Between Fish Size and Thermal Tolerance. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 141:1433-1438.




Thesis

  • Recsetar, M. S. 2011. Thermal tolerance of Apache trout at various life stages. Master's thesis, University of Arizona.

Presentations

  • Recsetar, M., M. Zeigler, D. Ward, S. Bonar, and C. Caldwell. Testing the Thermal Tolerance of Various Life Stages of Fish Using the Critical Thermal Method. Annual Meeting of the Western Division of the American Fisheries Society. Albuquerque, New Mexico. May 3-7, 2009.
  • Recsetar, M., Zeigler, M., Bonar, S.A., Ward, D., Caldwell, C. 2009. Testing the thermal tolerance of various life stages of fish using the critical thermal method. 41st Annual Meeting of the Desert Fishes Council
    November 19‐22, 2009
  • Recsetar, M., M. Zeigler, D. Ward, S. A. Bonar,and C. Caldwell. 2010. Testing the Thermal Tolerance of Various Life Stages of Fish Using the Critical Thermal Method
    Arizona-New Mexico Chapter American Fisheries Society, 43RD Joint Annual Meeting, Flagstaff, Arizona, February 4-6, 2010.
 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 102

Masters Students: 247

Phd Students: 163

Post Docs: 55

University Staff: 266

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 722

Scientific Publications: 1960

Presentations: 4355

 

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Funding Agencies

  • Bureau of Land Management

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