Fish Physiology and Biochemistry

, Volume 41, Issue 2, pp 345–356 | Cite as

Continuous lighting inhibits the onset of reproductive cycle in pikeperch males and females

  • I. Ben Ammar
  • F. Teletchea
  • S. MillaEmail author
  • W. N. Ndiaye
  • Y. Ledoré
  • H. Missaoui
  • P. Fontaine


The effect of a constant photoperiod on the inhibition of male and female reproductive cycles was studied in pikeperch Sander lucioperca. Over a 153-day period, batches of pikeperch (2 years, 950 g) breeders were kept under either under natural or artificial photoperiod conditions (24L:0D) (30–35 fish/tank, triplicate) and sampled in late June (start of the photoperiod decrease in natural conditions), late August (start of temperature decrease) and late November (exogenous vitellogenesis) (7–10 fish/tank/sampling date). Morphological parameters, sexual steroids, alkaline-labile phosphate (µg/mL) levels and gamete developmental stages were investigated. Gonado-somatic index (%), developmental stages and sexual steroid levels (17β-estradiol, testosterone and 11-ketotestosterone, ng/mL) in both sexes and oocyte diameter (µm) and plasma alkaline-labile phosphate (µg/mL) in females were lower in response to a continuous lighting (24L:0D). In both sexes, continuous lighting applied in June for 153 days totally inhibited or delayed the onset of the reproductive cycle. In conclusion, photoperiod manipulation can be used to delay the pikeperch reproductive cycle, even if temperature decreases. This is the first report of the inhibitory effect of photoperiod on the onset of the reproductive cycle in pikeperch.


Pikeperch Continuous lighting Photoperiod Onset of reproductive cycle 



We would like to thank all members of the AFPA Research Unit for their active collaboration in this study. We also like to thank Valérie Legué and Frédéric Guinet from UMR INRA/Lorraine University “Interactions arbres-microorganismes” (IAM) and Maryline Harroué from UMR INRA/AgroParis Tech “Laboratoire d’étude des ressources forêt-bois” (Lerfob) for the provision of the necessary equipment to achieve the histological analysis (Technical Platform of functional ecogenomics, INRA Champenoux, France) and Daniel Van Vlaender from Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix (FUNDP), Namur, Belgium for his help with histological and ALP protocols. This study was partly funded by the Company ASIALOR and the Tunisian Ministry of Higher Education and Research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • I. Ben Ammar
    • 1
    • 2
  • F. Teletchea
    • 1
  • S. Milla
    • 1
    Email author
  • W. N. Ndiaye
    • 1
  • Y. Ledoré
    • 1
  • H. Missaoui
    • 2
  • P. Fontaine
    • 1
  1. 1.Unité de Recherche Animal et Fonctionnalités des Produits Animaux, USC INRA 340Université de LorraineVandœuvre-lès-NancyFrance
  2. 2.Laboratoire des Sciences halieutiquesNational Agronomic Institute of TunisCité Mahrajène, TunisTunisia

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