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Foraging characteristics of larval bluegill sunfish and larval longear sunfish in the Kanawha River, West Virginia

Journal of Freshwater Ecology

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Abstract

We determined spatial and temporal foraging characteristics of larval bluegill sunfish (Lepomis macrochirus) and longear sunfish (Lepomis megalotis) in the upper Kanawha River, West Virginia during the summer of 1989. Stomach contents were examined among habitat types (i.e., main channel, main-channel border, and shoreline habitats) and depth (surface, middle, and bottom). Diet of larval bluegill sunfish was dominated by Chironomidae, temporally and spatially. Chironomidae dominated larval longear sunfish diet in main channel and main-channel border collections from all three depths. However, along the shoreline, larval longear sunfish diet was dominated by Cladocera.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Foraging characteristics of larval bluegill sunfish and larval longear sunfish in the Kanawha River, West Virginia
Series title:
Journal of Freshwater Ecology
Volume
13
Issue:
2
Year Published:
1998
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of Freshwater Ecology
First page:
221
Last page:
228
Number of Pages:
8