Hyperbaric Oxygen: Toxicity to Fish at Pressures Present in Their Swimbladders

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Science  07 Feb 1969:
Vol. 163, Issue 3867, pp. 576-578
DOI: 10.1126/science.163.3867.576-a


When juvenile Pacific rock-fish, Sebastodes miniatus, are exposed to oxygen tensions equal to those in their swimbladders, they exhibit symptoms characteristic of oxygen poisoning in mammals and ultimately die. Thus their central nervous system appears to be as sensitive to elevated oxygen pressure as that of higher vertebrates, whereas the cells of the gas gland tissue inside the swimbladder must be insensitive to the partial pressure of oxygen which they help to produce.

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