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Salinity tolerances of four species of fish from the Murray-Darling River system

  • M. D. Williams
  • W. D. Williams


The salinity tolerances of four species of small fishes native to the Murray-Darling river system were measured. Slow acclimation LD50s were 43.7 ± 1.7 g L−1 for Craterocephalus stercusmuscarum Gunther, 38.0 ± 1.1 g L−1 for Hypseleotris klunzingeri (Ogilby), 58.7 ± 0.9 g L−1 for Retropinna semoni (Weber), and 29.8 ± 0.7 g L−1 for Melanotaenia splendida (Castelnau). The salinity tolerance of M. splendida was also measured by direct transfer, providing an estimated LD50 (infinite exposure time) of 20.8 g L−1, ∼ 70% of the slow acclimation value. Results suggest that at least adults of the species studied are under no threat from present or foreseeable salinities in the Murray River.

Key words

salinity Murray-Darling fish tolerances Australia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. D. Williams
    • 1
  • W. D. Williams
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyUniversity of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia

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