Inland Water Biology

, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 232–241 | Cite as

Feeding, development, and growth of juvenile perch perca fluviatilis in mesocosms in the presence of filter-feeding zebra mussel Dreissena polymorpha pallas

  • A. S. MavrinEmail author
  • A. P. Strel’nikova


Quantitative and qualitative changes in the feeding spectra and growth patterns are studied in the larvae and juveniles of perch in artificial water ecosystems (mesocosms) in the presence of a filter-feeding zebra mussel. At a stocking density of 0.75 kg/m2, the presence of a zebra mussel leads to a change in the feeding conditions of zooplankton, to a decrease in its abundance in regards to critical values for fish feeding, to an increase in the abundance of organisms of macrobenthos in the food, and to the rapid transition of the fish to feeding on chironomids. As a result of these changes, the growth rate of perch larvae decreases, their development at step D 1 is delayed, the differentiation of the juveniles by size is accelerated, their size and weight variability increases, and individual predators (cannibals) appear.


zebra mussel perch size differentiation development growth feeding cannibalism physical modeling mesocosm 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Papanin Institute for Biology of Inland WatersRussian Academy of SciencesBorok, Yaroslavl oblastRussia

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