Environmental Biology of Fishes

, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp 235–240

Fish distribution and benthic invertebrate biomass relative to depth in an Ontario lake

Authors

  • Allen Keast
    • Department of BiologyQueen's University
  • Jennifer Harker
    • Department of BiologyQueen's University
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF00005992

Cite this article as:
Keast, A. & Harker, J. Environ Biol Fish (1977) 2: 235. doi:10.1007/BF00005992

Synopsis

A survey of fish distribution relative to depth in Lake Opinicon, Ontario, using the strip count method showed 80–90% of the biomass to be concentrated along the lake margins at a depth of up to 2.5 m. This figure applied throughout the summer, and to both day and night. Invertebrate diversity and biomass was also biassed towards the margins but slightly less so (mean summer figure 68% of biomass at depth of 2.5 m or less) for the segment of the lake studied. The central parts of the lake have good populations of 1–2 cm Chironomus spp. not predated by fish.

There is a close link between the distribution of the specific prey organisms of fish species and the fish themselves. In their predominantly marginal distribution both are concentrated into the area of maximum productivity.

Keywords

EcosystemFish distributionDensityBiomassCommunityInvertebrate distributionPrey invertebratesSeasonal distributionCentrarchidsCyprinidsChironomidsCrustaceaOdonata
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© Dr. W. Junk b.v., Publishers 1977