Ichthyological Research

, Volume 60, Issue 3, pp 218–226 | Cite as

Growth and habitat use of the Chinese false gudgeon, Abbottina rivularis, in an irrigation channel near the Ushizu River, northern Kyushu Island, Japan

  • Kosuke Hayashi
  • Eun Jin Kim
  • Norio Onikura
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Information on a population of Abbottina rivularis inhabiting an agricultural ditch was collected during field surveys and was analyzed for age, growth, and habitat use. Measurements of 1,035 individuals revealed that the population had two size classes, a maturation age of 1 year, and a lifespan of 1–2 years. On the basis of the growth pattern and life stage, we classified the life cycle of this species into four stages: the juvenile stage, the immature stage with rapid growth and with no growth, and the adult stage. Habitat use during each stage was analyzed with a generalized linear mixed model. The best fit models revealed that 3–5 environmental factors were important predictors of population size in each stage. In particular, the number of fish increased with increased variation in water depth and with smaller median particle size of the bottom substratum in all stages.


Cyprinidae Threatened fish Cohort analysis Habitat selection GLMM 



The authors wish to thank Mr. T. Ihara, T. Kawamoto, A. Koyama, Y. Okamoto, H. Oura, and K. Ukai (Kyushu University) for their generous research support. Useful comments on the manuscript were provided by two anonymous reviewers. This study was supported in part by the Environment Research and Technology Development Fund (S-9) of the Ministry of the Environment, Japan. This study complies with current laws in Japan, and we paid attention to the “Guidelines for the use of fishes in research” published by the Ichthyological Society of Japan in 2003.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fishery Research LaboratoryKyushu UniversityFukutsuJapan
  2. 2.Laboratory of Conservation Ecology, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life SciencesThe University of TokyoBunkyo-kuJapan

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