Diet studies have traditionally been used to determine prey use and food web dynamics, while stable isotope analysis provides for a time-integrated approach to evaluate food web dynamics and characterize energy flow in aquatic systems. Direct comparison of the two techniques is rare and difficult to conduct in large, species rich systems. We compared changes in walleye Sander vitreus trophic position (TP) derived from paired diet content and stable isotope analysis. Individual diet-derived TP estimates were dissimilar to stable isotope-derived TP estimates. However, cumulative diet-derived TP estimates integrated from May 2001 to May 2002 corresponded to May 2002 isotope-derived estimates of TP. Average walleye TP estimates from the spring season appear representative of feeding throughout the entire previous year.
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|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Title||Using cumulative diet data and stable isotope analysis to determine trophic position of walleye Sander vitreus in a large, complex system|
|Series title||Journal of Freshwater Ecology|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Contributing office(s)||Coop Res Unit Leetown|
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