Present address: School of Integrative Biology, University of Queensland, Brisbane QL 4121, Australia.
Heart rate and ventilation in Antarctic fishes are largely determined by ecotype
Article first published online: 3 FEB 2009
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Journal of Fish Biology
Volume 74, Issue 3, pages 535–552, February 2009
How to Cite
Campbell, H., Davison, W., Fraser, K. P. P., Peck, L. S. and Egginton, S. (2009), Heart rate and ventilation in Antarctic fishes are largely determined by ecotype. Journal of Fish Biology, 74: 535–552. doi: 10.1111/j.1095-8649.2008.02141.x
- Issue published online: 3 FEB 2009
- Article first published online: 3 FEB 2009
- (Received 24 September 2007, Accepted 29 October 2008)
- heart rate variability;
- oxygen consumption;
- power spectral analysis
Extrinsic neural and humoral influences on heart rate (fH) and ventilation frequency (fV) were examined following varying periods of post-surgical recovery in eight related Antarctic fish species inhabiting an array of inshore niches. Resting fH after recovery from handling was lower than previous reports, and the novel measurement of routine fH in free-swimming Dissostichus mawsoni (6·14 beats min−1, bpm) is the lowest recorded for any fish. The extent of cardio-depressive cholinergic (vagal) tonus explained the large range of fH among species and varied with behavioural repertoire, being lower in the more active species, apart from Notothenia coriiceps. Adrenergic tonus was low compared with cholinergic tonus, with the exception of Trematomus newnesi. Hence, high cardiac cholinergic tonus may be a genotypic trait of the notothenioids that diverged with ecotype. Power spectral analysis showed that the vagal influence produced comparable spectra among species of similar morphology and ecotype. Removal of autonomic tonus resulted in a remarkably similar intrinsic fH between species. Simultaneous measurements of cardio-respiratory variables and oxygen consumption () were made in the benthic Trematomus bernacchii and cryopelagic Pagothenia borchgrevinki. The slopes of the relationship between fH and were similar. Trematomus bernacchii, however, had a higher for a given fH than P. borchgrevinki, and P. borchgrevinki required a two-fold larger range in fH to reach a similar maximum , suggesting that there is a difference in cardiovascular fitness between the two species. Overall, the data suggest that cardio-respiratory control in Antarctic nototheniids is largely determined by activity levels associated with a given ecotype.