Asymmetry in the embryonic chromatophore pattern of the squid Loligo forbesi (Mollusca: Cephalopoda): a proxy for developmental instability

Fiona Gowland, Peter Robin Boyle, Leslie Robert Noble

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Abstract

The effect of thermal stress upon pattern development in Loligo forbesi was investigated. Levels of pattern disruption and pattern asymmetry were measured by examining the chromatophores of hatchlings reared at three constant temperatures (8, 12 and 16 degreesC). Results indicate a strong positive correlation between thermal stress and disruption of embryonic chromatophore pattern. Asymmetry in chromatophore pattern occurs non-directionally and can therefore be described as fluctuating asymmetry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1101-1105
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
Volume83
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003

Keywords

  • FLUCTUATING ASYMMETRY
  • GROWTH
  • STRESS
  • SALMON

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