Levels of scale cortisol in relation to the morphometry of scales in carp (Cyprinus carpio)


StressChron Framework:

Project code051
Research areaUnravelling the fundamentals of glucocorticoid actions across vertebrates
Research topicGlucocorticoid-mediated bone (de)formation
SpeciesCarp (Cyprinus carpio)



The research goal is to explore if and possibly how levels of scale cortisol affect the morphometry and structure of the scale in carp (Cyprinus carpio). Hereby, morphometric and structural data on scales are correlated to scale cortisol levels quantified by ultra-performance liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS).



Keywords: aquaculture, fish, bone, stress, cortisol, scale

Funding: internal

Status: on-going


Ghent University, Belgium (Adriaens D, Aerts J)

Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Belgium (Aerts J)



Colpaert B. Master thesis: The influence of glucocorticoids on skeletal deformations in common carp (Cyprinus carpio). Faculty of Bioengineering Sciences, Ghent University, Belgium, 2016.

Colpaert B, De Kegel B, Scheerlinck J, Metz J, Flik G, Van Landschoot A, Adriaens D, Aerts J (2016) Outline based shape analysis of fish scales: a procedure to quantify skeletal effects of chronic stress. Zoology Congress, Antwerp, December 16th 2016.

Vandenberghe A. Master thesis: Morphometric characteristics of a fish scale under chronic stress conditions and subsequent effects on skeletal (de)formations in common carp (Cyprinus carpio). Faculty of Bioengineering Sciences,, Ghent University, Belgium, 2017.