Fish Behaviour

A special issue of Fishes (ISSN 2410-3888).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2019) | Viewed by 6032

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Centre of Marine Sciences, University of Algarve, Gambelas Ed. 7, 8005-139 Faro, Portugal
Interests: endocrinology; reproduction; behaviour and chemical communication; osmoregulation; genomics

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Institute of Science and Environment, University of Saint Joseph, Rua de Londres 16, Macau
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Fish are the largest and most diverse group of vertebrates. This diversity is reflected in many biological traits, including behaviour. Understanding fish behaviour may have implications for the way we build dams, ecotourism, aquaculture, fisheries, and other economic and industrial activities. This Special Issue has a broad scope, and intends to capture the diversity of fish behaviour, from its fundamental aspects and underlying mechanisms to the applications of its study. Contributions covering environmental challenges with implications for fish behaviour, such as climate change, ocean acidification, or pollution, are also welcome.

Prof. Adelino V. M. Canario
Prof. David Gonçalves
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Keywords

  • fish behaviour
  • reproduction
  • aquaculture
  • fisheries
  • environmental challenges

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A Blend of F Prostaglandins Functions as an Attractive Sex Pheromone in Silver Carp
by Peter W. Sorensen, Mara C. P. Rue, Joseph M. Leese, Ratna Ghosal and Hangkyo Lim
Fishes 2019, 4(2), 27; https://doi.org/10.3390/fishes4020027 - 9 Apr 2019
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Abstract
A series of laboratory experiments tested the hypothesis that the Silver Carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix), an invasive river carp from China, employs a prostaglandin F-derived sex pheromone that is attractive and species-specific. Using electro-olfactogram recording (EOG), we found that the [...] Read more.
A series of laboratory experiments tested the hypothesis that the Silver Carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix), an invasive river carp from China, employs a prostaglandin F-derived sex pheromone that is attractive and species-specific. Using electro-olfactogram recording (EOG), we found that the olfactory system of this species is acutely sensitive to three F-series prostaglandins (PGFs) at picomolar concentrations and that this sensitivity is enhanced when juveniles are masculinized using androgens, consistent with expectations of a sex pheromone. Individual PGFs had behavioral activity but it was low, suggesting a mixture might be important. To pursue this possibility, we implanted carps with osmotic pumps containing prostaglandin F (PGF), a treatment previously shown to elicit release of a PGF-based spawning pheromone in the Common Carp. We found that PGF-implanted Silver Carp released a species-specific odor that contained a blend of PGF and two of its metabolites, which masculinized individuals detected and were attracted to with high sensitivity. Finally, we found that a mixture of these PGFs was attractive to masculinized Silver Carp, while a different mixture released by Bighead Carp was not. We conclude that Silver Carp likely use a species-specific PGF-derived sex pheromone that is probably released at spawning and might be useful in its control. Confirmatory studies that explore pheromone function in naturally mature Silver Carp using natural odors in the field should now be conducted to further confirm our proof-of-concept study. Full article
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