Quinn P. Fitzgibbon

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The effect of feeding on the rate of oxygen consumption (M(O2)) of four groups of three southern bluefin tuna Thunnus maccoyii (SBT) was examined in a large static respirometer at water temperatures of 18.2-20.3 degrees C. Six feeding events of rations between 2.1-8.5% body mass (%M(b)) of Australian sardines (Sardinops neopilchardus) were recorded (two of(More)
Owing to the inherent difficulties of studying bluefin tuna, nothing is known of the cardiovascular function of free-swimming fish. Here, we surgically implanted newly designed data loggers into the visceral cavity of juvenile southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii) to measure changes in the heart rate (fH) and visceral temperature (TV) during a two-week(More)
Routine metabolic rate (RMR) was measured in fasting southern bluefin tuna, Thunnus maccoyii, the largest tuna species studied so far (body mass=19.6 kg (+/-1.9 SE)). Mean mass-specific RMR was 460 mg kg(-1) h(-1) (+/-34.9) at a mean water temperature of 19 degrees C. When evaluated southern bluefin tuna standard metabolic rate (SMR) is added to published(More)
This study examined the postprandial metabolism and swimming speed of southern bluefin tuna Thunnus maccoyii when fed sardines Sardinops sagax of either high-lipid and high-energy content or low-lipid and low-energy content. Five groups of two or three T. maccoyii (mean+/-s.e. mass=19.8+/-0.5 kg, n=14) were fed either low [2.2% lipid, 5.5 MJ kg(-1) gross(More)
Neuropeptides have been discovered in many arthropod species including crustaceans. The nature of their biological function is well studied and varies from behavior modulation to physiological regulation of complex biochemical processes such as metabolism, molt and reproduction. Due to their key role in these fundamental processes, neuropeptides are often(More)
Marine seismic surveys are used to explore for sub-seafloor oil and gas deposits. These surveys are conducted using air guns, which release compressed air to create intense sound impulses, which are repeated around every 8-12 seconds and can travel large distances in the water column. Considering the ubiquitous worldwide distribution of seismic surveys, the(More)
The nutritional condition of cultured Sagmariasus verreauxi juveniles over the molt and during starvation was investigated by studying their metabolism, bioenergetics of nutrient reserves, and hemolymph biochemistry. Juveniles were shown to downregulate standard metabolic rate by as much as 52% within 14 d during starvation. Hepatopancreas (HP) lipid was(More)
Of the few measurements of the behavioural and physiological responses of tuna to hypoxia, most are restricted to shallow diving tropical species. Furthermore, when wild tuna experience low dissolved oxygen, they are likely to have an increased oxygen demand associated with the metabolic cost of food digestion and assimilation (specific dynamic action).(More)
Spiny damselfish Acanthochromis polyacanthus are brood protectors with no larval dispersal stage, with the result that characteristics of local populations are likely to reflect local habitat conditions. In order to assess the possible effect of habitat on reproductive characteristics, spiny damselfish were captured by divers in 1999 and 2001 from reefs(More)
In this study we describe, for the first time in spiny lobsters, the androgenic gland and its putative hormone. The androgenic gland in crustaceans is the key regulator of crustacean masculinity. The transcript encoding the insulin-like androgenic gland specific factor has recently been identified and characterized in a number of decapod crustacean species(More)