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University of Massachusetts Amherst

2014

Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology

Carotenoids

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Honesty And Carotenoids In A Pigmented Female Fish, Alexandria Christine Brown Apr 2014

Honesty And Carotenoids In A Pigmented Female Fish, Alexandria Christine Brown

Doctoral Dissertations

The carotenoid tradeoff hypothesis states that diet-derived carotenoids are tradedoff among competing physiological demands, but this statement is rarely tested in ornamented females. The following dissertation tests the carotenoid tradeoff hypothesis in reverse sexually dimorphic convict cichlids (Amantitlania siquia) using carotenoidsupplemented diet treatments and a field-based study of carotenoid intake. Spectral, microscopic, and chemical analysis determined how females allocated the pigments to tissues and how those decisions affected their ventral patch coloration. The results presented in the current study show that carotenoids enhance offspring growth and survival, lower oxidative stress, and reduce the time to clear a parasite. The two ...