Ecology, behaviour and conservation of the charrs, genus Salvelinus

  • Editors
  • Pierre Magnan
  • Céline Audet
  • Hélène Glémet
  • Michel Legault
  • Marco A. Rodríguez
  • Eric B. Taylor

Part of the Developments in environmental biology of fishes book series (DEBF, volume 22)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-6
  2. Prelude

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-8
    2. Pierre Magnan, Céline Audet, Hélène Glémet, Michel Legault, Marco A. Rodríguez, Eric B. Taylor
      Pages 9-14
  3. Keynote

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-16
    2. Geoffrey Power
      Pages 17-35
  4. Ecological interactions and behaviour

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-38
    2. Anders Klemetsen, Per-Arne Amundsen, Per E. Grotnes, Rune Knudsen, Roar Kristoffersen, Martin-A. Svenning
      Pages 39-47
    3. Michael Power, Geoffrey Power, François Caron, Richard R. Doucett, Karin R. A. Guiguer
      Pages 75-85
  5. Trophic polymorphism

  6. Movements and migrations

  7. Ecophysiology and evolutionary genetics

  8. Ecological parasitology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-244
    2. Rune Knudsen, Per-Arne Amundsen, Anders Klemetsen
      Pages 257-265
  9. Environmental stress and conservation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 267-268
    2. Rita Strand, Bengt Finstad, Anders Lamberg, Tor G. Heggberget
      Pages 275-280
    3. Kenneth H. Mills, Sandra M. Chalanchuk, Douglas J. Allan
      Pages 293-301
    4. Peder A. Jansen, Anders G. Finstad, Arnfinn Langeland
      Pages 313-320
    5. M. Lee Nelson, Thomas E. McMahon, Russell F. Thurow
      Pages 321-332
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 353-360

About this book


Salvelinus species are one of the most thoroughly studied groups of fishes. Many reasons explain this intense interest in charr biology. Charrs have a Holarctic distribution encompassing many Asian, North American, and European countries and occupy diverse marine and freshwater environments. Furthermore, the current distribution of charr includes areas that were directly influenced by climate and topographic change associated with the many Pleistocene glaciations. Undoubtedly, these conditions have promoted much of the tremendous morphological, ecological, and genetic variability and plasticity within Salvelinus species and they make charr very good models to study evolutionary processes 'in action'. Many charr species also exhibit demographic characteristics such as slow growth, late maturity, and life in extreme environments, that may increase their susceptibility to extinction from habitat changes and overexploitation, especially in depauperate aquatic habitats. This vulnerability makes understanding their biology of great relevance to biodiversity and conservation. Finally, charr are of great cultural, commercial, and recreational significance to many communities, and their intimate linkage with human societies has stimulated much interest in this enigmatic genus. This volume comprises a selection of papers presented at the fourth International Charr Symposium held in Trois-Rivières (Québec, Canada), from 26 June to 1 July 2000. It includes 31 papers on ecological interactions and behaviour, trophic polymorphism, movement and migration, ecophysiology and evolutionary genetics, ecological parasitology, environmental stress and conservation. These studies cannot cover all recent developments in the ecology, behaviour and conservation of Salvelinus species, but collecting them into a special volume should bring attention to current research on this important genus and stimulate further work on Salvelinus species.


Adaptation Biodiversity behavior ecology environment evolution physiology temperature

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-6088-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-1352-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-5316
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