Atlantic cod Gadus morhua experienced oxygen deficit ( D O 2 ) when exposed to oxygen levels below their critical level (c. 73% of pcrit ) and subsequent excess post-hypoxic oxygen consumption (CEPHO ) upon return to normoxic conditions, indicative of an oxygen debt. The mean ± s.e. CEPHO : D O 2 was 6·9 ± 1·5, suggesting that resorting to anaerobic energy production in severe hypoxia is energetically expensive.
Keywords: ATP; acute severe hypoxia; anaerobic metabolism; lactate; oxygen debt.
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