The home range of the signal crayfish in a British lowland river

Guan, Rui-Zhang and Wiles, Peter (1997) The home range of the signal crayfish in a British lowland river. Freshwater Forum, 8, pp. 45-54.

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The signal crayfish Pacifastacus leniusculus (Dana), a native of north-western North America, is now a common resident in some British fresh waters following its introduction to England in 1976 (Lowery & Holdich 1988). In 1984, signal crayfish were introduced into the River Great Ouse, the major lowland river in southern central England, where they have established a large breeding population. This study examines two sites near Thornborough Weir. For the measurement and description of home range a new eletronic microchip system and a modified capture-mark-recapture method were employed. Signal crayfish were marked or tagged to see if they gradually moved away from their burrows. This method proved to be successful for estimating population densities when a section of river is divided into several equidistant linear ”locations”.

Item Type: Article
Title: The home range of the signal crayfish in a British lowland river
Personal Creator/Author:
Guan, Rui-Zhang
Wiles, Peter
Refereed: No
Journal or Publication Title: Freshwater Forum
Volume: 8
Page Range: pp. 45-54
Date: 1997
ISSN: 0961-4664
Issuing Agency: Freshwater Biological Association
Uncontrolled Keywords: England; Great Ouse River; Introduced species; Ecological distribution; Methodology; Rivers
Subjects: Ecology
Item ID: 4621
Depositing User: Hardy B Schwamm
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2010 12:42
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 16:10

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