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Unexpected hydrogen isotope variation in oceanic pelagic seabirds

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dc.contributor.author Ostrom, Peggy H. en
dc.contributor.author Wiley, Anne E. en
dc.contributor.author Rossman, Sam en
dc.contributor.author Stricker, Craig A. en
dc.contributor.author James, Helen F. en
dc.date.accessioned 2015-04-20T15:15:58Z
dc.date.available 2015-04-20T15:15:58Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.citation Ostrom, Peggy H., Wiley, Anne E., Rossman, Sam, Stricker, Craig A., and James, Helen F. 2014. "<a href="https%3A%2F%2Frepository.si.edu%2Fhandle%2F10088%2F25692">Unexpected hydrogen isotope variation in oceanic pelagic seabirds</a>." <em>Oecologia</em>. 175 (4):1227&ndash;1235. <a href="https://doi.org/10.1007/s00442-014-2985-8">https://doi.org/10.1007/s00442-014-2985-8</a> en
dc.identifier.issn 0029-8549
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10088/25692
dc.description.abstract Hydrogen isotopes have significantly enhanced our understanding of the biogeography of migratory animals. The basis for this methodology lies in predictable, continental patterns of precipitation dD values that are often reflected in an organism's tissues. dD variation is not expected for oceanic pelagic organisms whose dietary hydrogen (water and organic hydrogen in prey) is transferred up the food web from an isotopically homogeneous water source. We report a 142 range in the dD values of flight feathers from the Hawaiian petrel (Pterodroma sandwichensis), an oceanic pelagic North Pacific species, and inquire about the source of that variation. We show dD variation between and within four other oceanic pelagic species: Newell's shearwater (Puffinus auricularis newellii), Black-footed albatross (Phoebastria nigripes), Laysan albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis) and Buller's shearwater (Puffinus bulleri). The similarity between muscle dD values of hatch-year Hawaiian petrels and their prey suggests that trophic fractionation does not influence dD values of muscle. We hypothesize that isotopic discrimination is associated with water loss during salt excretion through salt glands. Salt load differs between seabirds that consume isosmotic squid and crustaceans and those that feed on hyposmotic teleost fish. In support of the salt gland hypothesis, we show an inverse relationship between dD and percent teleost fish in diet for three seabird species. Our results demonstrate the utility of dD in the study of oceanic consumers, while also contributing to a better understanding of dD systematics, the basis for one of the most commonly utilized isotope tools in avian ecology. en
dc.relation.ispartof Oecologia en
dc.title Unexpected hydrogen isotope variation in oceanic pelagic seabirds en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.srbnumber 127410
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s00442-014-2985-8
rft.jtitle Oecologia
rft.volume 175
rft.issue 4
rft.spage 1227
rft.epage 1235
dc.description.SIUnit NH-Vertebrate Zoology en
dc.description.SIUnit NMNH en
dc.description.SIUnit Peer-reviewed en
dc.citation.spage 1227
dc.citation.epage 1235


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