A correlation between phototactic response and first-feeding of Atlantic halibut (Hippoglossus hippoglossus L.) larvae


Ø Karlsen, Institute of Marine Research, Austevoll Aquaculture Research Station, N-5392 Storebø, Norway. E-mail: Oerjan.Karlsen@imr.no


The correlation between positive phototaxis and feeding incidence at first-feeding for groups of Atlantic halibut larvae ranging in age from 210 to 240 degreedays, post hatch, was examined. Phototactic response was measured as the fraction of larvae that responded by horizontal swimming towards a light source, and the median travel distance for the responding fraction of larvae. Within the ranges investigated, larval age, size or proportion of deformed larvae had no significant effect on the phototactic response, or on the feeding incidence (deformed larvae excluded from analysis). The fraction of larvae responding phototactically and the median travelling distance for responding larvae were significantly correlated. Feeding incidences after 24 and 48 h were also significantly correlated with both measures of phototactic response. The possibility of using phototactic response in quality assessment is discussed.