Benthic habitat selection in juvenile European eel Anguilla anguilla : implications for coastal habitat management and restoration

M. Christoffersen*, Jon Christian Svendsen, J. A. Kuhn, A. Nielsen, A. Martjanova, Josianne Gatt Støttrup

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Abstract

The critically endangered European eel Anguilla anguilla is dependent on suitable habitat qualities over a vast geographic area. Even though a significant proportion of the population never enters fresh water, the preferred benthic habitat is largely unknown in the marine environment. Examining substratum selection in A. anguilla reveals that elvers prefer coarse gravel, suggesting that conservation efforts may benefit from targeting this type of substratum in marine coastal areas.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Fish Biology
Volume93
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)996-999
ISSN0022-1112
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • Anguillia anguillia
  • Coastal management
  • Elvers
  • European eel
  • Habitat selection
  • Marine sediment

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