RNA/DNA ratios and the condition factor, as determined by weight and length of glass-eels, Anguilla japonica, were evaluated for assessment of nutritional status. The negative correlation of RNA/DNA ratios and condition factor between capture months corresponded to an increase in DNA content and to a decrease in dry weight, respectively. These findings indicated that the body material decreased in the later caught glass-eels, but, in contrast, DNA content and ossification increased. These phenomena were explained by such factors as food density and metabolic energy requirements. We concluded that the development of the glass-eel with poor feeding is influenced by differences in ambient water temperature, and that expended endogenous nutrition originates in the leptocephali.
|Number of pages
|Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology
|Published - May 1 1999
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
- Aquatic Science