Seasonal changes in entrainment cues for the circadian rhythm of the supratidal amphipod Talorchestia longicornis


Journal Article

The supratidal amphipod Talorchestia longicornis Say has a circadian rhythm in activity, in which it is active on the substrate surface at night and inactive in burrows during the day. The present study determined: (1) the circadian rhythms in individual versus groups of amphipods; (2) the range of temperature cycles that entrain the circadian rhythm; (3) entrainment by high-temperature cycles versus light: dark cycles, and (4) seasonal substrate temperature cycles. The circadian rhythm was determined by monitoring temporal changes in surface activity using a video system. Individual and groups of amphipods have similar circadian rhythms. Entrainment occurred only to temperature cycles that included temperatures below 20°C (10-20, 15-20, 17-19, 15-25 °C) but not to temperatures above 20°C (20-25, 20-30°C), and required only a 2°C temperature cycle (17-19°C). Diel substrate temperatures were above 20°C in the summer and below 20 C during the winter. Upon simultaneous exposure to a diel high-temperature cycle (20-30°C) and a light:dark cycle phased differently, amphipods entrained to the light:dark cycle. Past studies found that a temperature cycle below 20°C overrode the light:dark cycle for entrainment. The functional significance of this change in entrainment cues may be that while buried during the winter, the activity rhythm remains in phase with the day:night cycle by the substrate temperature cycles. During the summer, T. longicornis switches to the light:dark cycle for entrainment, perhaps as a mechanism to phase activity precisely to the short summer nights. © 2010 Taylor & Francis.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Forward, RB; Freeman, E; Gall, K; Saba, K

Published Date

  • October 1, 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 43 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 305 - 319

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1029-0362

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1023-6244

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/10236244.2010.523988

Citation Source

  • Scopus