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Title: Complex size-dependent habitat associations in potamodromous fish species
Authors: Santos, J.M.
Reino, L.
Porto, M.
Oliveira, J.
Pinheiro, P.J.
Almeida, P.R.
Cortes, R.
Ferreira, M.T.
Keywords: Life stage
Regional/local environment
Hurdle models
Variation partitioning
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Springer
Citation: Santos, J.M.; L. Reino; M. Porto; J. Oliveira; P.J. Pinheiro; P.R. Almeida; R. Cortes & M.T. Ferreira; (2011). Complex size-dependent habitat associations in potamodromous fish species. Aquatic Sciences. 73:233–245.
Abstract: Knowledge of the distribution of species life stages at multiple spatial scales is fundamental to both a proper assessment of species management and conservation programmes and the ability to predict the consequences of human disturbances for river systems. The habitat requirements of three native cyprinid species—the Iberian barbel Barbus bocagei Steindachner, the Iberian straight-mouth nase Pseudochondrostoma polylepis (Steindachner), and the Northern straight-mouth nase Pseudochondrostoma duriense (Coelho)—were examined at 174 undisturbed or minimally disturbed sites in 8 river catchments across western Iberia, by modelling occurrence and counts of species life stages at two spatial scales— large (regional) and instream (local)—using hurdle models. All the life stages of the barbel showed a negative association with upstream high-gradient river reaches, whereas juvenile P. duriense favoured such areas. Stream width and openness were negatively related with the occurrence of juvenile and small adult barbel, but not with large adults. Juvenile nase, on the other hand, were found to be mainly confined to fast-flowing habitats with high instream cover and coarser substrata. Advanced life stages of the barbel were mainly associated with the ‘‘pure’’ regional and shared components, whereas the purely local attributes accounted for much of the model variation among nases, in particular juveniles, and juvenile barbel. The results of this study are useful for setting or refining management goals, and highlight the need to separately consider life stages when performing conservation-related studies of species distribution.
Type: article
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