Survival, growth and water content of marine invertebrates exposed to low salinity in the laboratory


Laboratory experiments were conducted in the climate chambers at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel in the time between March and November 2018. Experiments were designed to study the effect of long-term (1 month) exposure to low salinity in osmoconforming invertebrates. The study organisms (Asterias rubens, Mytilus edulis, Littorina littorea, Diadumene lineata, Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis and Psammechinus milliaris) were collected in Kiel Fjord, Eckernförder Bight or the Kattegat from spring to autumn 2018. Organisms were acclimated to climate chamber conditions for 1 week (under habitat salinity, 14˚C, constant aeration) and then subjected to salinity acclimation for 1-2 weeks until the final salinity treatment level was reached. Then different salinity treatments were maintained for 4 weeks. Water physiochemistry (temperature, salinity, pH, nitrite, nitrate, phosphate) was recorded frequently. Throughout the experiment survival was recorded. Before and after the experiment organism weight and, where feasible, size was measured. Weight data was also used to calculate tissue water content. This dataset comprises the physiological fitness parameters for each species at the respective salinity treatment. Given are data for survival, growth and tissue water content.

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Creator Podbielski, Imke Anna ORCID logo; Hiebenthal, Claas ORCID logo; Hajati, Mithra-Christin ORCID logo; Bock, Christian ORCID logo; Bleich, Markus ORCID logo; Melzner, Frank ORCID logo
Publisher PANGAEA
Publication Year 2023
Rights Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International;
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Resource Type Dataset
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Size 2034 data points
Discipline Earth System Research
Spatial Coverage (10.135W, 54.319S, 11.351E, 56.403N); Kieler Bucht; Baltic Sea, Eckernförde Bay; Baltic Sea, Kattegat