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Effect of the river regulation on the life history patterns of the barbel (Barbus sclateri, Günther, 1868) inthe Segura river basin (South East Spain)

AuthorsTorralva, M. M.; Puig, Mariàngels ; Fernández-Delgado, Carlos
KeywordsLife history
Regulated river
Barbus sclateri
Issue Date1997
CitationJournal of Fish Biology 50 : 300-311 (1997)
AbstractThe age structure, growth and reproduction of Barbus sclateri in a non-regulated section of the Segura River were similar to previously studied populations of undisturbed areas. Differences in the duration of the growth period or the reproductive cycle are considered evidence of the plasticity of the species as it adapts to different latitudes and local habitat characteristics. However, this population differed from one in a section with artificial water flow regulation. The non-regulated river population had a greater number of age groups, displayed a regular condition cycle, reached maturity earlier at lower ages and lengths and showed greater fecundity than the regulated river population. The mean lengths at age were longer in the regulated river population, possibly owing to the longer river section studied and/or to selective mortality of smaller specimens within a particular age group from the high water velocity when sluices are opened.
Description12 páginas, 6 figuras, 1 tabla.
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1095-8649.1997.tb01667.x
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