Diel diet of fantail darter in a tributary to Lake Ontario, New York, USA

Journal of Freshwater Ecology
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The foraging behavior of benthic fishes in streams is seldom examined but is vital to the health of the aquatic community. We examined the feeding ecology of the fantail darter (Etheostoma flaballere) in Trout Brook, a tributary of the Salmon River in central New York, USA. Of the six time periods examined, fantail darters fed most intensely from 1600–2000 h, with ephemeropterans the major prey consumed during all time periods except for 2000 where chironomid larvae were consumed the most. Fantail darter diet composition was similar across all time periods except during the night which appeared to be uniquely different. According to the prey selection analysis, fantail darters appear to prefer dipterans and ephemeropterans but also demonstrated an opportunistic behavior feeding on what was available in the brook.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Diel diet of fantail darter in a tributary to Lake Ontario, New York, USA
Series title Journal of Freshwater Ecology
DOI 10.1080/02705060.2016.1197857
Volume 31
Issue 4
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher Oikos Publishers
Contributing office(s) Great Lakes Science Center
Description 6 p.
First page 659
Last page 664
Country United States
State New York
Other Geospatial Trout Brook
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