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Freshwater Crayfish 5(1): 86-97 (1983)

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Effects of hypoxia on the haemolymph of the freshwater crayfish, Astacus astacus L., in neutral and acid water during the intermolt period

Järvenpää T, Mikinmaa M, Westman K and Soivio A  e-mail link

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During the intermoult period crayfish were able to adapt to an oxygen saturation level of 30% (ca. 3.2 mg 1-l) at 11-12 °C in neutral water (pH 7.2). The adaptation was mainly respiratory; the haemolymph O2 affinity increased markedly in hypoxia. This increase was probably due to the simultaneous increase in the haemolymph Ca2+ and Mg2+ concentrations. Acidification of the water alone (pH 4), without a reduction in the O2 saturation level, did not affect the haemolymph constituents appreciably. In acid water (pH 4) depleted of oxygen (30% of sat.), however, respiratory adaptation did not seem to take place. On the contrary, difficulties in pH- and osmoregulation were apparent. The latter observations are of considerable importance in Finland, since construction of engineering works on the good crayfish rivers often results in simultaneous drops in both the oxygen content and the pH value.

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Järvenpää T, Mikinmaa M, Westman K and Soivio A. (1983). Effects of hypoxia on the haemolymph of the freshwater crayfish, Astacus astacus L, in neutral and acid water during the intermolt period. Freshwater Crayfish 5(1):86-97. doi: 10.5869/fc.1983.v5.086

 

 

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