Spatial and temporal variability of fish communities of the Upper Mississippi River, USA

Spatial and temporal variability of fish communities of the Upper Mississippi River, USA © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI 10.1163/157075609X417107 Animal Biology 59 (2009) 67–85 www.brill.nl/ab Spatial and temporal variability of fi sh communities of the Upper Mississippi River, USA Ayhan Yildirim 1 , Mark A. Pegg 2 1 University of Ataturk, Ispir Hamza Polat Vocational School, Ispir, Erzurum, 25900 Turkey e-mail: ayhanyildirim@yahoo.com 2 University of Nebraska, School of Natural Resources, 402 Hardin Hall Lincoln, NE, 68583 USA e-mail: mpegg2@unl.edu Abstract Fish community structure, morphological characteristics, functional composition, and life history attributes in relation to three aquatic habitats, backwater shoreline (BWS), main channel borders (MCB), and side channel borders (SCB) in Pool 4 of the Upper Mississippi River System (UMRS) were assessed. Fish communities were sampled annually using standardized electrofi shing techniques from 1994 to 2004. We found signifi cant diff erences in community composition and abundance, and the clearest pat- tern was that diversity and fi sh community structure in BWS were diff erent from those in both MCB and SCB. We also found morphological characteristics, functional composition, and life-history diff erences among the habitats, with fi sh communities from BWS having a number of diff erent characteristics from both MCB and SCB. Temporal changes in fi sh abundance, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Animal Biology Brill

Spatial and temporal variability of fish communities of the Upper Mississippi River, USA

Animal Biology, Volume 59 (1): 67 – Jan 1, 2009

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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI 10.1163/157075609X417107 Animal Biology 59 (2009) 67–85 www.brill.nl/ab Spatial and temporal variability of fi sh communities of the Upper Mississippi River, USA Ayhan Yildirim 1 , Mark A. Pegg 2 1 University of Ataturk, Ispir Hamza Polat Vocational School, Ispir, Erzurum, 25900 Turkey e-mail: ayhanyildirim@yahoo.com 2 University of Nebraska, School of Natural Resources, 402 Hardin Hall Lincoln, NE, 68583 USA e-mail: mpegg2@unl.edu Abstract Fish community structure, morphological characteristics, functional composition, and life history attributes in relation to three aquatic habitats, backwater shoreline (BWS), main channel borders (MCB), and side channel borders (SCB) in Pool 4 of the Upper Mississippi River System (UMRS) were assessed. Fish communities were sampled annually using standardized electrofi shing techniques from 1994 to 2004. We found signifi cant diff erences in community composition and abundance, and the clearest pat- tern was that diversity and fi sh community structure in BWS were diff erent from those in both MCB and SCB. We also found morphological characteristics, functional composition, and life-history diff erences among the habitats, with fi sh communities from BWS having a number of diff erent characteristics from both MCB and SCB. Temporal changes in fi sh abundance,

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Animal BiologyBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2009

Keywords: AQUATIC HABITAT; FISH COMMUNITY ECOLOGY; SPECIES RICHNESS; MISSISSIPPI RIVER

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