I. Blood samples were taken during prolonged hypoxia experiments in which the inspired water oxygen tension was less than 10 mmHg. The oxygen tension of the post-branchial blood was about 5 mmHg and its pH shows a significant lowering from normoxic levels. 2. The decrease in blood pH is correlated with increases in levels of lactate and pyruvate. The lactate/pyruvate ratio increases during hypoxia. 3. An increase in blood succinate was also found, and strongly suggests the accumulation of multiple anaerobic end-products within the tissues. 4. Recovery of normoxic levels of succinate takes place almost immediately following the restart of ventilation whereas the decrease in lactate concentration is slower. 5. It is concluded that these adaptations may be related to the habitat of the fish at low tide in pools where the Po2 may fall very markedly.
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JOURNAL ARTICLE| 01 April 1978
Some responses of the electric ray (Torpedo marmorata) to low ambient oxygen tensions
G. M. Hughes
I. A. Johnston
Online Issn: 1477-9145
Print Issn: 0022-0949
© 1978 by Company of Biologists
J Exp Biol (1978) 73 (1): 107–117.
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G. M. Hughes, I. A. Johnston; Some responses of the electric ray (Torpedo marmorata) to low ambient oxygen tensions. J Exp Biol 1 April 1978; 73 (1): 107–117. doi: https://doi.org/10.1242/jeb.73.1.107
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