Garner, Paul (1997) Habitat use by 0+ cyprinid fish in the River Great Ouse, East Anglia. Freshwater Forum, 8, pp. 2-27.
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This study was designed to examine the habitat use of several species of 0+ cyprinid in the regulated River Great Ouse and to determine the reasons for specific habitat use. In general, all fish species were found associated with the marginal zone, with little diel variation. Use of shallow habitats in the presence of macrophytes correlated well with the distribution of zooplankton in the river channel, the preferred food source of 0+ cyprinids. During the early to late larval phase, all species fed upon rotifers and diatoms. Cladocera, particularly Alona spp. and Chydorus spp., and early instar larvae of Chironomidae, then became prevalent in the diet along with small numbers of Copepoda. Models were developed to determine habitat availability over a range of discharges, using the physical habitat simulation (PHABSIM) component of the Instream Flow Incremental Methodology (IFIM). The results of this analysis revealed that habitat suitable for 0+ fishes comprised a relatively small percentage of the main channel and generally decreased with discharge.
|Title:||Habitat use by 0+ cyprinid fish in the River Great Ouse, East Anglia|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Freshwater Forum|
|Page Range:||pp. 2-27|
|Issuing Agency:||Freshwater Biological Association|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||fish larvae; habitat selection; life history; lotic environment; microhabitats; modelling, England, Great Ouse River|
|Depositing User:||Hardy B Schwamm|
|Date Deposited:||25 Nov 2010 13:27|
|Last Modified:||29 Sep 2011 18:13|
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