Oyugi, D.O., Cucherousset, J., Ntiba, M. J., Kisia, S. M., Harper, D. M. and Britton, J.R., 2011. Life history traits of an equatorial carp Cyprinus carpio population in relation to thermal influences on invasive populations. Fisheries Research, 110 (1), pp. 92-97.
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Marginal increment ratio analysis of scales collected from the exploited common carp Cyprinus carpio (Linnaeus, 1758) population of Lake Naivasha between June 2008 and November 2009 revealed they were valid for ageing purposes, with an annual growth check formed. Individuals were fast growing and only present to the age of 4 years. Growth was sexually dimorphic (females being faster growing) and the temporal pattern in the gonadosomatic index suggested reproduction was asynchronous and occurred throughout the sampling period. A meta-analysis of traits of carp from across their range revealed that temperature was a major determinant of their growth parameters (L∞ and the K of the von Bertalanffy growth model). Populations in more seasonal climates (as described by increased differences between the minimum and maximum monthly mean temperature in a year) were slower growing but had increased potential for attaining larger sizes. This helped explain the expression of their traits in Lake Naivasha where the mean monthly temperatures of between 20 and 23 °C were aseasonal. The life history traits of carp in Lake Naivasha provided their population with resilience to fishery exploitation with increased catches being independent of fishing effort. The influence of temperature on this globally invasive fish is in line with the findings for other invasive fishes and provides insights into their invasion patterns and processes.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||von Bertalanffy growth model; Gonado-somatic index; Alien; Common carp; Life history traits|
|Subjects:||Science > Biology and Botany|
|Group:||School of Applied Sciences > Centre for Conservation, Ecology and Environmental Change|
|Deposited By:||Dr Robert Britton|
|Deposited On:||13 Jun 2011 15:17|
|Last Modified:||07 Mar 2013 15:46|
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