Ecology, Environment and Conservation Paper

Vol.06, Issue 01, 2000; Page No.(67-69)

ADAPTIVE CHANGES IN RESPIRATORY MOVEMENTS OF AN AIR- BREATHING FISH, ANABAS TESTTUDINEUS EXPOSED TO ORGANOPHOSPHATE PESTICIDE, MONOCROTOPHOS

M. Santhakumar, M. Balaji, and K. Ramudu

Abstract

Behaviour is the recordable and observable activity of the living organisms. In the present study adaptive changes in respiratory movements of an air-breathing fish, Anabas testudinens exposed to sublethal concentrations 1.9, 4.75 and p.5 ppm (1/10, 1/4 and 1/2 of 96-hr LC50) for 21 days were studied. Adaptive changes in the respiratory movements were estimated by measuring two parameters namely "surfacing behaviour" and Hopercular movements". Significant increase (P<0.001) in surfacing behaviour were observed in 1.9, 4.75 and 9.5 ppm monocrotophos treated fishes compared to control. Opercular movements with decrease (P < 0.001) in all three sublethal concentrations compared to control.

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