Environmental Biology of Fishes

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 301–307 | Cite as

A laboratory study of diel and annual activity rhythms and vertical distribution in the perch, Perca fluviatilis, at the Arctic circle

  • Lars-Ove Eriksson


Diel and annual rhythms of activity and vertical distribution of a group of perch in a large laboratory tank were measured for 15 months under a natural light regime at the Arctic circle (Messaure, Swedish-Lappland, 66°42′N, 20°25′E). Perch were found to be mainly day-active at all seasons. The activity level was correlated with temperature and duration of activity with day length. During winter, the perch group stayed at the bottom of the tank. During the summer, the group spent about as much time in the upper part of the tank as in the lower. The behavior of perch in the laboratory is assumed roughly to mirror their behavior in the field.


High northern latitude Photoelectric recording Activity level Activity distribution Day-length Temperature 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lars-Ove Eriksson
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  1. 1.Department of Ecological ZoologyUniversity of Ume»Ume»Sweden

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