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Exp Gerontol. 2001 Apr;36(4-6):765-90.

Age and longevity in fish, with consideration of the ferox trout.

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  • 1Department of Environmental Studies and Institute of Marine Sciences, University of California Santa Cruz, CA 95064, USA.


In the first part of this paper, we review the evolutionary aspects of age and longevity in fish and then summarize the theory of maturity due to Ray Beverton. This theory allows one to predict age at maturity (and thus a putative point for the onset of senescence) from information on growth rate and mortality rate. We illustrate the application of this theory with data on tilapia species and then discuss the limitations of the theory. In the second part of the paper, we develop an individual based model for the ferox trout. This is a morph of brown trout Salmo salar that is an exception to the common notion that caloric restriction extends lifespan, in the sense that ferox trout achieve long life by eating more, not less. The model allows one to identify the role that ecological and biochemical adaptations play in the longevity of the ferox trout.

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