Larval fish dynamics in spring pools in middle Tennessee

Southeastern Naturalist
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We used lighted larval traps to assess reproduction by fishes inhabiting nine spring pools in the Barrens Plateau region of middle Tennessee between May and September 2004. The traps (n = 162 deployments) captured the larval or juvenile forms of Etheostoma crossopterum (Fringed Darter) (n = 188), Gambusia affinis (Western Mosquitofish) (n = 139), Hemitremia flammea (Flame Chub) (n = 55), the imperiled Fundulus julisia (Barrens Topminnow) (n = 10), and Forbesichthys agassizii (Spring Cavefish) (n = 1). The larval forms of four other species (Families Centrarchidae, Cyprinidae, and Cottidae) were not collected, despite the presence of adults. Larval Barrens Topminnow hatched over a protracted period (early June through late September); in contrast, hatching intervals were much shorter for Fringed Darter (mid-May through early June). Flame Chub hatching began before our first samples in early May and concluded by late-May. Juvenile Western Mosquitofish were collected between early June and late August. Our sampling revealed that at least two species (Flame Chub and Fringed Darter) were able to reproduce and recruit in habitats harboring the invasive Western Mosquitofish, while Barrens Topminnow could not.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Larval fish dynamics in spring pools in middle Tennessee
Series title Southeastern Naturalist
DOI 10.1656/058.010.0112
Volume 10
Issue 1
Year Published 2011
Language English
Publisher Humboldt Field Research Institute
Publisher location Steuben, ME
Contributing office(s) Coop Res Unit Atlanta
Description 10 p.
First page 145
Last page 154
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