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Short-term stress for long-lasting otolith morphology — brief embryological stress disturbance can reorient otolith ontogenetic trajectory

Abstract : Long-term plasticity of otolith shape has become a unifying principle to use morphological differences as indicator of environmental conditions. Contrary to the longstanding paradigmatic view that otolith shape can only reflect residency in particular environmental conditions over long time periods, data emphasize that otolith ontogenetic trajectory may be reoriented in case of short-term episodes of environmental disturbance during early lifetime. Using geometric morphometrics, discrimination was posible in absence of growth-related differences between control and brown trout (Salmo trutta Linnaeus, 1758) that have experienced brief thermal stress prior to their emergence but have grown in similar conditions (i.e., cohabiting within the same aquarium) during 6 months. Data emphasize that brief stress during key developmental periods can durably influence ontogenetic trajectories, subsequent otolith development, and can consequently change otolith morphology in juveniles. Therefore, differences in shape between groups of fish may not be exclusively indicative of long-time residency in contrasted and (or) separated habitats as it is generally assumed. Moving beyond long-term assumptions is fundamental if otolith shape is to be used as an effective tool for management of fisheries resources in the future.
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Matthias Vignon. Short-term stress for long-lasting otolith morphology — brief embryological stress disturbance can reorient otolith ontogenetic trajectory. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, NRC Research Press, 2018, 75 (10), pp.1-10. ⟨10.1139/cjfas-2017-0110⟩. ⟨hal-01855436⟩

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