Effects of temperature on tilt evoked swimming in the crabs Carcinus and Macropipus

  • Carter T
  • Fraser P
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Abstract

1. 1.|Integrated muscle activity, total number of limb beats and the maximum instantaneous limb beat frequency were measured in crabs during a standardized tilt regime at a series of different water temperatures between 10 and 25°C. 2. 2.|Total integrated activity and total number of limb beats showed a general increase for a decrease in temperature in all groups. Frequency of limb beat was always higher for Macropipus depurator than for Carcinus maenas, with M. depurator showing an increase and C. maenas a decrease in frequencies at extreme temperatures. 3. 3.|The temperature of acclimation of C. maenas affected the response of the crab in all parameters studied while all the results can be related to the size and normal environmental temperature range of the two species studied. © 1991.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Carcinus
  • Macropipus
  • Temperature
  • crab
  • electromyography
  • muscle
  • swimming
  • tilt

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  • Tobias J. Carter

  • Peter J. Fraser

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