, Volume 169, Issue 2, pp 209–224

Ecology of fish spawning and nursery zones in the flood plain, using a new sampling approach

  • Gordon H. Copp
  • Milan Peňáz


Horizontal zonation of fish reproduction, a lotic-to-lentic succession similar to that seen with increasing stream order, was evident from the relative abundance of larval and 0 + juvenile fishes in three floodplain spawning and nursery areas (lotic, semi-lotic, lentic) of the Upper Rhône River, France. Although the lotic and lentic ecosystems provided similar estimates of standing crop (0 + juveniles), differences were apparent in the reproductive and trophic guild structure of the YOY taxocoenoses at the three sites. A new sampling approach (Random Point-Abundance Sampling and modified electrofishing) is described for early-life fish ecology. The electrofishing method employed is mobile, effective for all sizes of larvae and 0 + juveniles of most species, quantitative, and applicable to a number of freshwater situations; and the punctual data resulting from this sampling approach are comparable both spatially and temporally.

Key words

fish reproduction ecosystem taxocoenose structure early development young-of-the-year electrofishing point abundance sampling 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gordon H. Copp
    • 1
  • Milan Peňáz
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratoire d'Ecologie des Eaux Douces, UA CNRS 367Université C. BernardVilleurbanne, CédexFrance
  2. 2.Eastern Rivers Group, FBA, c/o Regional Fisheries LaboratoryHuntingdonUK
  3. 3.Institute of Ecological and Systemical BiologyCzechoslovak Academy of SciencesKvětná 8Czechoslovakia

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