Effect of Temperature on Active and Resting Metabolism in Polychaetes

  • P. E. Coyer
  • C. P. Mangum


Newell and Northcroft (1967) concluded that the minimal rate of oxygen consumption corresponding to a resting phase in four intertidal species, the lamellibranch Cardium edule, the actinian Actinia equina, the polychaete Nepthys hombergi, and the gastropod Littorina littorea, is thermally insensitive over the temperature range 5–22. C. Newell (1967) also presented evidence for varying degrees of temperature independence of mitochondrial oxidative activity in subtidal, intertidal, and terrestrial poikilotherms. Since this hypothesis was made, only Mangam and Sassaman (1969) have related independently measured activity patterns to oxygen consumption data to identify active and resting metabolic phases. Nimura and Inoue (1969), Tribe and Bowler (1968), and Halcrow and Boyd (1967) described methods of determining the metabolic rate in various marine and terrestrial invertebrates at low muscluar activity levels. However, these methods either involve anaesthetization, extrapolation from higher activity levels or presumably intermittent visual observation of the activity level. Recently, conflicting conclusions on the temperature coefficients for inactive metabolic rates were reached by Wallace (1972) and Lowe and Trueman (1972).


Oxygen Consumption Rate Intertidal Species Common Weight Polychaetous Annelid Metabolic Phasis 
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