Aestivation pp 113-139 | Cite as

Metabolic Rate Suppression as a Mechanism for Surviving Environmental Challenge in Fish

  • Jeffrey G. RichardsEmail author
Part of the Progress in Molecular and Subcellular Biology book series (PMSB, volume 49)


The ability to reduce metabolic rate during exposure to environmental stress, termed metabolic rate suppression, is thought to be an important component to enhance survival in many organisms. Metabolic rate suppression can be achieved through modifications to behavior, physiology, and cellular biochemistry, all of which act to reduce whole organisms energy expenditure. This chapter will critically evaluate the use of metabolic rate suppression as a response to environmental challenge in fish using three metabolic states: aestivation, hypoxia/anoxia exposure, and diapause.


Metabolic Rate Crucian Carp Hypoxia Exposure Standard Metabolic Rate Protein Synthesis Rate 
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  1. 1.Department of ZoologyThe University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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