What is the relationship between hypoxia, water chemistry and otolith manganese content?

Shengjiang Jiang, Peiqi Hong, Satoshi Katayama

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Previous studies have shown an increase in otolith Mn caused by exposure to hypoxic water masses. The mechanism leading to the increases in otolith Mn is still unclear, but might possibly be due to the larger amount of available Mn left in the water column under hypoxia. Thus, this study aimed to examine the relationship between hypoxia, water Mn and otolith Mn through marbled flounder (Pseudopleuronectes yokohamae, Günther) captured from Tokyo Bay and reared under different water Mn at laboratory. Otoliths from the Bay showed a higher (Mn/Ca)otolith than outside, together with a seasonal trend of high (Mn/Ca)otolith at the start of translucent zones (which form in the summer), supporting the occurrence of summer hypoxia in Tokyo Bay. Nonetheless, juveniles reared under control (Mn 0.50 μmol l−1), middle (Mn 6.94 μmol l−1) and high (Mn 10.4 μmol l−1) treatments of water Mn concentrations showed a disproportional smaller increase in (Mn/Ca)otolith. Comparing the laboratory experiment with the field data, (Mn/Ca)water under hypoxia in Tokyo Bay could reach a low level similar to control treatment, yet (Mn/Ca)otolith of the Bay showed a higher value than the high treatment. These results revealed an elevated (Mn/Ca)otolith towards hypoxia, but also suggested that changes in water Mn might not be directly recorded by otolith Mn.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1138-1149
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Fish Biology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2022 May


  • Tokyo Bay
  • dissolved oxygen
  • environment
  • fishery
  • marbled flounder
  • microchemistry


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