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Skin darkness is related to cortisol, but not MSH, content in post‐larval Solea senegalensis

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Abstract:

In this study it was shown that dark coloured post‐larvae of Senegalese sole Solea senegalensis, at two different ages, had elevated cortisol concentrations compared with lighter coloured individuals. As melanophore‐stimulating hormone levels were not elevated in dark coloured fish, it is possible that this hormone may not be the main melanotropic hormone involved in stress‐related skin darkening.

Keywords: Solea senegalensis; cortisol; larviculture; melanophore‚Äźstimulating hormone

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0022-1112.2005.00747.x

Affiliations: 1: Aquaculture Research Group, Centre for Marine Science (CCMAR), Universidade do Algarve, Campus de Gambelas, 8005-117 Faro, Portugal and 2: Department of Ecophysiology, Faculty of Biology, University of Nijmegen, Toernooiveld 1, 6525 ED Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Publication date: August 1, 2005

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