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GONG Xu, HUANG Xuxiong, WEN Wen. Influence of salinity on the early development and biochemical dynamics of a marine fish, Inimicus japonicus[J]. HaiyangYuHuZhao, 2018, 36(2): 427-437

Influence of salinity on the early development and biochemical dynamics of a marine fish, Inimicus japonicus

GONG Xu1, HUANG Xuxiong1,2,3,4, WEN Wen1
1 Key Laboratory of Freshwater Fishery Germplasm Resources, Ministry of Agriculture, Shanghai 201306, China;
2 Shanghai Engineering Research Center of Aquaculture, Shanghai 201306, China;
3 Shanghai University Knowledge Service Platform, Shanghai Ocean University Aquatic Animal Breeding Center(ZF1206), Shanghai 201306, China;
4 National Demonstration Center for Experimental Fisheries Science Education(Shanghai Ocean University), Shanghai 201306, China
Abstract:
Fertilised eggs of the devil stringer (Inimicus japonicus) were incubated at different salinity levels (21, 25, 29, 33, and 37), and then the hatching performances, morphological parameters, and biochemical composition (protein, lipid and carbohydrate) of the larvae were assayed to determine the influence of salinity on the early development of I. japonicus. The tested salinity levels did not affect the times of hatching or mouth opening for yolk-sac larvae. However, the salinity significantly influenced the hatching and survival rates of open-mouthed larvae, as well as the morphology of yolk-sac larvae. The data indicated that 30.5 to 37.3 and 24.4 to 29.8 were suitable salinity ranges for the survival of embryos and larvae of I. japonicus, respectively. Larvae incubated at a salinity level of 29 had the greatest full lengths, and decreasing yolk volume was positively correlated with the environmental salinity. With increasing salinity, the individual dry weights of newly hatched larvae or open-mouthed larvae decreased significantly. Newly hatched larvae incubated at a salinity level of 29 had the greatest metabolic substrate contents and gross energy levels, while the openmouthed larvae's greatest values occurred at a salinity level of 25. Larvae incubated in the salinity range of 33 to 37 had the lowest nutritional reserves and energy values. Thus, the I. japonicus yolk-sac larvae acclimated more readily to the lower salinity level than the embryos, and higher salinity levels negatively influenced larval growth and development. In conclusion, the environmental salinity level should be maintained at 29-33 during embryogenesis and at 25-29 during early larval development for this species. Our results can be used to provide optimum aquaculture conditions for the early larval development of I. japonicus.
Key words:    biochemical dynamics|development|embryo|Inimicus japonicus|salinity|yolk-sac larva   
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