Ecology, behaviour and management of the European catfish.

Cucherosset, J., Horky, P., Slavik, O., Ovidio, P., Arlinghaus, R., Boulêtreau, S., Britton, J.R., Garcia Berthou, E. and Santoul, F., 2017. Ecology, behaviour and management of the European catfish. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1007/s11160-017-9507-9

Abstract

The extreme body sizes of ‘megafishes’ associated with their high commercial values and recreational interests have made them highly threatened in their native range worldwide by human-induced impacts such as overexploitation. Meanwhile, and because of the aforementioned interests, some megafishes have been introduced outside of their native range. A notable exampled is the European catfish (Silurus glanis), one of the few siluriforms native from western Europe and among the 10 largest freshwater fish worldwide, attaining a total length over 2.7 m and a documented mass of 130 kg. Its distinct phylogeny and extreme size imply many features rare among other European fish such as peculiar behaviours (massive aggregations, beaching), consumption of large bodied prey, fast growth rate, long lifespan, high fecundity, nest guarding and large eggs. The spread of the species is likely to continue due to illegal introduction coupled with natural range extension due to current and future climate change. Based on these attributes and potential future risks, this introduced giant predator in European fresh waters could provide a novel model species of high utility for testing aspects of ecological and invasion theory and associated hypotheses. Here, we reviewed the most recent knowledge on the current distribution and the ecology of the species to understand how this can help advance our understanding of biological invasions. We also identified key research questions that should help stimulating new research on this intriguing, yet largely unknown, species and, more generally, on the ecology of invasive species.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1573-5184
Uncontrolled Keywords:Angling; biological invasion; freshwater; trophic ecology; Wels catfish
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:30094
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:07 Dec 2017 16:54
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 16:54

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