Morphological, physiological and behavioural response patterns of carp gudgeon Hypseleotris spp. to food deprivation: implications for assessing health Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Morphological (growth, Fulton's condition factor), physiological (per cent dry mass, total lipid content) and behavioural (activity levels) response patterns of carp gudgeon Hypseleotris spp. were examined in response to food deprivation during a 56 day experiment. Considerable variability in the nature and magnitude of these response patterns was observed, suggesting that caution should be taken when interpreting changes in the health of small-bodied fishes based on individual response variables.

publication date

  • January 2012