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Individual variability in stable isotope turnover rates of epidermal mucus according to body size in an omnivorous fish.

Winter, E.R. and Britton, J.R., 2020. Individual variability in stable isotope turnover rates of epidermal mucus according to body size in an omnivorous fish. Hydrobiologia. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1007/s10750-020-04444-2

Abstract

Epidermal mucus (‘mucus’) is increasingly applied to fish ecological studies based on stable isotope analysis (SIA) due to its non-invasive collection. However, knowledge on mucus SI turnover rates of individual fish remains limited, including uncertainty over how they are influenced by fish body sizes. Here, a diet switch experiment predicted mucus SI turnover rates (δ13C and δ15N) as a function of time using samples taken over 200 days from 10 individually tagged common carp Cyprinus carpio covering two size groups. Non-linear mixed effects models revealed rapid turnover of both δ13C and δ15N (T50: 2–5 days; T95: 9–22 days); δ15N turnover rates were slower for the larger cohort, while δ13C turnover rates were independent of body size. Within size groups, turnover rates were not expected to vary between individuals. These experimental results suggest that due to these fast turnover rates, epidermal mucus can provide insights into the diets of fish over very short timeframes, although for δ15N the body size of the fish needs consideration.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0018-8158
Uncontrolled Keywords:half-life; isotopic incorporation; diet switch; non-invasive sampling; trophic discrimination factor
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:34790
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:09 Nov 2020 13:50
Last Modified:09 Nov 2020 13:50

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