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The metabolic rate of roach in relation to body size and temperature

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Standard and routine metabolic rates of roach Rutilus rutilus for a wide size and temperature range (3–200 g, 5–23° C) were analysed by automated, computerized intermittent flow respirometry. The mass exponent b ranged from 0·68 to 0·82 for standard metabolism, and from 0·65 to 0·92 for routine metabolism depending on the experimental temperature. For routine metabolism b was lowest at 10° C. At both decreasing and increasing temperatures, b increased significantly. Roach were exponentially temperature-dependent for both metabolic levels. For roach <20 g, however, an asymptotic relationship was observed between temperature and routine metabolic rate. The ‘flattening of the curve’ in the latter case may be explained by reduced spontaneous activities at the lower threshold of the preferred temperature range.
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Keywords: bioenergetics; modelling; respiration; routine metabolic rate; standard metabolic rate

Document Type: Regular Paper

Affiliations: Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, 12587 Berlin, Germany and Institute of Hydrobiology and Fishery Science, 22767 Hamburg, Germany

Publication date: 2003-03-01

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