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Effects of dorsal aorta cannulation on the stress response of channel catfish (Icatalurus punctatus)

Mazik, P. M., Plakas, S. M., and Stehly, G. R., 1994, Effects of dorsal aorta cannulation on the stress response of channel catfish (Icatalurus punctatus): Fish Physiology and Biochemistry, v. 12, no. 5, p. 439-444.


The stress response to dorsal aorta cannulation and serial blood sampling was examined in the channel catfish Ictalurus punctatus. Channel catfish cannulated and repetitively sampled once a day for 7 days did not exhibit a change in response to surgery or to the 24h sample regime as measured by plasma cortisol, glucose, and chloride. In fish that were either serially bled (0, 1, 3, 6, 9, 12, 24, and 48h) immediately after surgery or allowed to recover 6 days before being serially bled, overall plasma cortisol levels were higher than those of fish bled every 24h. Catfish serially bled immediately after surgery had significantly higher plasma glucose levels compared with catfish allowed to recover from surgery 6 days before serial sampling. Although channel catfish recover from cannulation surgery in 24h, a longer recovery period may be needed prior to serial sampling if the samples are taken more frequently than every 24h.


fish-physiology, blood-, biological-stress, osmoregulation-, glucose-, biological-sampling, nets-, Ictalurus punctatus

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