Donor life stage influences juvenile American eel Anguilla rostrata attraction to conspecific chemical cues

Journal of Fish Biology
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Abstract

The present study investigated the potential role of conspecific chemical cues in inland juvenile American eel Anguilla rostrata migrations by assessing glass eel and 1 year old elver affinities to elver washings, and elver affinity to adult yellow eel washings. In two-choice maze assays, glass eels were attracted to elver washings, but elvers were neither attracted to nor repulsed by multiple concentrations of elver washings or to yellow eel washings. These results suggest that A. rostrata responses to chemical cues may be life-stage dependent and that glass eels moving inland may use the odour of the previous year class as information to guide migration. The role of chemical cues and olfaction in eel migrations warrants further investigation as a potential restoration tool.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Donor life stage influences juvenile American eel Anguilla rostrata attraction to conspecific chemical cues
Series title Journal of Fish Biology
DOI 10.1111/jfb.13190
Volume 90
Issue 1
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher Wiley
Contributing office(s) Leetown Science Center
Description 12 p.
First page 384
Last page 395