Behavioural strategy of large perch Perca fluviatilis varies between a mesotrophic and a hypereutrophic lake

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Behaviour of large perch Perca fluviatilis was studied in two lakes differing in environmental state i.e. mesotrophic v. hypereutrophic. A total of 20 adult perch P. fluviatilis (29–42 cm total length) in each lake were tagged with radio-transmitters, tracked and located eight times a day during six 24 h tracking
periods over a year, enabling detection of differences in diel activity patterns and habitat use during summer and winter under two different environmental regimes. During summer, P. fluviatilis in the mesotrophic lake showed a distinct crepuscular activity pattern and a change from pelagic residency during daytime towards the littoral zone at night. In contrast, P. fluviatilis in the hypereutrophic lake were active during the entire diel cycle and were spread throughout the lake also during dark. During winter, crepuscular patterns of activity were seen in both lakes. Condition factor of large P. fluviatilis did not differ between the two lakes. Thus, it is suggested that P. fluviatilis in the hypereutrophic turbid
lake adopted an alternative behaviour for successful foraging, being uniformly active throughout the diel cycle
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Fish Biology
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)1016-1029
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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