Environmental Biology of Fishes

, Volume 24, Issue 4, pp 307-311

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Home range, movements, and density of the central stoneroller, Campostoma anomalum, in a small Ohio stream

  • Neal D. MundahlAffiliated withDepartment of Zoology, Miami University
  • , Christopher G. IngersollAffiliated withDepartment of Zoology, Miami University

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A population of central stonerollers, Campostoma anomalum, in Harker's Run, Butler County, Ohio U.S.A., was examined during autumn, 1980, to determine the species' movements, density, and home range size. During the study period, 170 fish were marked by fin clips and released into the specific pool or riffle where they were captured within the 187 m study section. Eighty percent of the recaptured, marked fish (20) were recaptured in their initial capture area (specific pool or riffle). No fish moved more than 135 m from its original capture area. Density estimates of C. anomalum for each pool and riffle within the study section ranged from 0.10–3.91 fish m−2 (mean = 1.25 fish m−2). Home range size was estimated to be 35.2 ± 14.1 m (mean ± 95% CI) of stream length. Campostoma anomalum in Harker's Run occurred at densities similar to those reported for the species in other streams, and their home ranges in this system were of similar size to those of other small, stream-dwelling fishes.

Key words

Cyprinidae Minnows Stream fishes