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Use it and lose it: lipofuscin accumulation in the midbrain of a coral reef fish

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Lipofuscin, an autofluorescent biomarker of physiological wear-and-tear, was concentrated in those areas of a fish's midbrain responsible for visual performance, suggesting a potentially strong link between physiological specialization, ecological adaptation and senescence.

Keywords: Thalassoma lunare; ageing; cost of living; oxidative stress; physiological adaptation; sensory specialization; tropical marine fishes

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: AIMS@JCU, James Cook University, Townsville, QLD 4811, Australia 2: Australian Institute of Marine Science, UWA Oceans Institute, Crawley, WA 6009, Australia 3: School of Marine & Tropical Biology, James Cook University, Townsville, QLD 4811, Australia

Publication date: 2011-02-01

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