Isotopic (δ15N) relationship of pregnant females and their embryos: Comparing placental and yolk‐sac viviparous elasmobranchs Academic Article uri icon


  • Nitrogen stable isotopes ratios (δ15 N) were determined for selected tissues (muscle, liver, blood and yolk) of pregnant females and their embryos of a placental viviparous species, the Pacific sharpnose shark (Rhizoprionodon longurio), and a yolk-sac viviparous species, the speckled guitarfish (Pseudobatos glaucostigmus). The R. longurio embryo tissues were 15 N enriched compared to the same tissues in the pregnant female, using the difference in δ15 N (Δδ15 N) between embryo and adult. Mean Δδ15 N was 2.17‰ in muscle, 4.39‰ in liver and 0.80‰ in blood. For P. glaucostigmus, embryo liver tissue was significantly 15 N enriched in comparison with liver of the pregnant female (Δδ15 N mean = 1.22‰), whereas embryo muscle was 15 N depleted relative to the muscle of the pregnant female (Δδ15 N mean = -1.22‰). Both species presented a significant positive linear relationship between Δδ15 N and embryo total length (LT ). The results indicated that embryos have different Δδ15 N depending on their reproductive strategy, tissue type analysed and embryo LT .

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  • 1.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Baró‐Camarasa, I., Marmolejo‐Rodríguez, A. J., O'Hara, T. M., Elorriaga‐Verplancken, F. R., Trejo‐Ramírez, A., Martínez‐Rincón, R. O., & Galván‐Magaña, F.

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publication date

  • December 2020