Selection for upper thermal tolerance in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss Walbaum)

Z. Chen, M. Snow, Craig Lawrence, A.R. Church, S.R. Narum, R.H. Devlin, A.P. Farrell

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© 2015. Published by The Company of Biologists Ltd. Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss Walbaum) in southern Western Australia have undergone passive selection for over 19 generations to survive high water temperatures. Based on the conceptual model of 'oxygen- and capacity-limited thermal tolerance', we measured critical thermal maximum (CTmax), maximum heart rate ( fH,max) and aerobic scope to test the hypothesis that these rainbowtrout canmaintain aerobic scope at high temperatures through a robust cardiac performance supporting oxygen delivery. Across five family groups CTmax averaged 29.0±0.02°C. Aerobic scope was maximized at 15.8±0.3°C (Topt), while the upper pejus temperature (Tpej, set at 90% of maximum aerobic scope) was 19.9±0.3°C. Although aerobic scope decreased at temperatures above Topt, the value at 25°C remained well over 40% of the maximum. Furthermore, pharmacologically stimulated fH,max increased with temperature, reaching a peak value between 23.5±0.4 and 24.0±0.4°C(Tmax) for three family groups. The Arrhenius breakpoint temperature (TAB) for fH,max was 20.3±0.3 to 20.7±0.4°C, while the average Q10 breakpoint temperature (TQB, when the incremental Q10
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)803-812
JournalJournal of Experimental Biology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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