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Relationship between shell integrity of pelagic gastropods and carbonate chemistry parameters at a Scottish Coastal Observatory monitoring site

León, Pablo; Bednaršek, Nina; Walsham, Pam; Cook, Kathryn; Hartman, Susan E ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6363-1331; Wall-Palmer, Deborah; Hindson, Jennifer; Mackenzie, Kevin; Webster, Lynda; Bresnan, Eileen; Woodson, Brock C. 2020 Relationship between shell integrity of pelagic gastropods and carbonate chemistry parameters at a Scottish Coastal Observatory monitoring site. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 77 (1). 436-450. https://doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsz178

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Abstract/Summary

Ocean acidification (OA), the anthropogenic carbon dioxide-induced changes in seawater carbonate chemistry, is likely to have a significant impact on calcifying plankton. Most planktonic studies on OA are based on “one-off” cruises focused on offshore areas while observations from inshore waters are scarce. This study presents the first analysis on the shell integrity of pelagic gastropods (holoplanktonic pteropods and planktonic larvae of otherwise benthic species) at the Scottish Coastal Observatory monitoring site at Stonehaven on the east coast of Scotland. The shell integrity of archived pelagic gastropods specimens from 2011 to 2013 was examined using Scanning Electron Microscopy and the relationship with OA (pH and aragonite saturation, Ωarg) and other environmental parameters was investigated. Evidence of shell dissolution was detected in all analysed taxa even though the seawater was supersaturated with respect to aragonite. The shell condition matched the temporal pattern observed in Ωarg, with higher proportion of dissolution associated with decreasing Ωarg, suggesting that the seasonality component of carbonate chemistry might affect the shell integrity of pelagic gastropods. The proportion of shell dissolution differed significantly between larvae and adult stages of pteropods, supporting the hypothesis that early-life stages would be more vulnerable to OA-induced changes. Our data also suggest that sensitivity to OA may differ even between closely related taxonomic groups. The strong interannual variability revealed by the year-to-year shell dissolution and Ωarg illustrates the difficulty in assessing the plankton response to OA in the field and the value of time series studies.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsz178
ISSN: 1054-3139
Date made live: 03 Mar 2020 09:16 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/527094

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