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Ichthyological Research

, Volume 47, Issue 2, pp 149–156 | Cite as

Redd superimposition by introduced rainbow trout,oncorhynchus mykiss, on native charrs in a japanese stream

  • Yoshinori Taniguchi
  • Yo Miyake
  • Toshihiko Saito
  • Hirokazu Urabe
  • Shigeru Nakano
Article

Abstract

Spawning redd superimposition of introduced, spring-spawning rainbow trout,Oncorhynchus mykiss, on native, fall-spawning Dolly varden,Salvelinus malma, and white-spotted charr,S. leucomaenis, were examined in a small stream in Hokkaido, Japan. The stream reaches in which Dolly Varden and white-sported charr redds were observed in fall 1997 greatly overlapped with the reaches in which rainbow trout redds were recorded in spring 1998. Spawning microhabitats were also similar between trout and the two charr species. Thirteen and 3% of Dolly Varden and white-spotted charr redds, respectively, were superimposed by rainbow trout redds. The eggs or alevins in the disturbed charr redds were potentially damaged because charrs were not likely to have emerged from the redds before the superimposition occurred. In sufficiently great abundance, introduced rainbow trout may negatively impact native charr populations by dislodging the latter’s spawning redds.

Key words

Species introduction redd superimposition rainbow trout Dolly Varden white-spotted charr invasion biology 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yoshinori Taniguchi
    • 1
  • Yo Miyake
    • 2
  • Toshihiko Saito
    • 2
  • Hirokazu Urabe
    • 2
  • Shigeru Nakano
    • 1
  1. 1.Tomakomai Research StationHokkaido University ForestsHokkaidoJapan
  2. 2.Graduate School of Environmental Earth ScienceHokkaido UniversitySapporo, HokkaidoJapan

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