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Data from: Field metabolic rates of teleost fishes are recorded in otolith carbonate

Citation

Chung, Ming-Tsung et al. (2019), Data from: Field metabolic rates of teleost fishes are recorded in otolith carbonate, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.1hg55vm

Abstract

Field metabolic rate (FMR) is key to understanding individual and population-level responses to environmental changes, but is challenging to measure in field conditions, particularly in aquatic environments. Here we show that FMR can be estimated directly from the isotopic composition of carbon in fish otoliths (δ13Coto). We describe the relationship between δ13Coto values and oxygen consumption rate, and report results from laboratory experiments relating individual-level measurements of oxygen consumption rates to δ13Coto values in Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua). We apply our new δ13Coto metabolic proxy to existing δ13Coto data from wild cod and four deepwater fish species to test the validity of inferred FMR estimates. The δ13Coto metabolic proxy offers a new approach to study physiological ecology in free-ranging wild fishes. Otolith-based proxies for FMR are particularly promising as they allow retrospective assessment of time-integrated, individual-level FMR throughout an individual fish’s life history.

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