The Role of Manipulating Photoperiod and Temperature in Oocyte Development of the Polychaete Hediste diversicolor (O.F. Müller, 1976)

Haiqing Wang*, Andreas Hagemann, Arne M. Malzahn, Aleksander Handå, Marianne Uhre, Elin Kjørsvik, Kjell Inge Reitan

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Three different experiments were conducted to examine the oocyte development of the polychaete Hediste diversicolor in response to changing photoperiod and temperature at three different periods of oogenesis. In experiment I, worms collected during summer were reared under constant or decreasing photoperiod and temperatures to test the combined effects of the summer–autumn photoperiod and temperature transition on oogenesis. The result showed females collected during summer showed the highest oocyte growth when exposed to constant temperatures combined with decreasing photoperiod and decreasing temperature combined with constant photoperiod. In experiment II, worms collected in late autumn were under mimicked or shortened seasonal changes in photoperiod to evaluate the effect of accelerated change on oocyte growth. The result showed worms had 1.5 times faster oocyte growth rates when exposed to accelerated rate of change in photoperiod (2.5 times faster). In experiment III, worms collected in spring were exposed to different temperature regimes to examine the effect of raising temperature on the synchronization of oocyte growth and maturation. The results showed worms collected in spring showed increased temperatures will increase oocyte maturation synchronicity. It was concluded temperature and photoperiod transition can increase the oocyte development.

Original languageEnglish
Article number544061
JournalFrontiers in Marine Science
Publication statusPublished - Dec 8 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • change
  • daylength
  • oocyte growth
  • polychaete
  • temperature

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Aquatic Science
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Ocean Engineering

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