Seasonal changes of the RNA/DNA ratio, size and lipid contents and immigration adaptability of Japanese glass-eels, Anguilla japonica, collected in northern Kyushu, Japan

Y. Kawakami, N. Mochioka, R. Kimura, A. Nakazono

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Abstract

RNA/DNA ratios and the condition factor, as determined by weight and length of glass-eels, Anguilla japonica, were evaluated for assessment of nutritional status. The negative correlation of RNA/DNA ratios and condition factor between capture months corresponded to an increase in DNA content and to a decrease in dry weight, respectively. These findings indicated that the body material decreased in the later caught glass-eels, but, in contrast, DNA content and ossification increased. These phenomena were explained by such factors as food density and metabolic energy requirements. We concluded that the development of the glass-eel with poor feeding is influenced by differences in ambient water temperature, and that expended endogenous nutrition originates in the leptocephali.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology
Volume238
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 1 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Aquatic Science

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