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Piscivorous fishes diet dominated by the Asian cyprinid invader, topmouth gudgeon (Pseudorasbora parva)

Musil, Jiří, Adámek, Zdeněk
Biologia 2007 v.62 no.4 pp. 488-490
Esox lucius, Perca fluviatilis, Pseudorasbora parva, Rutilus rutilus, Sander lucioperca, diet, fish, habitats, indigenous species, piscivores, predation, spring, Czech Republic
Predation on the non-native cyprinid, Pseudorasbora parva, was reported during an annual study in a small connecting canal about 40 km south of Brno, Czech Republic. Two cyprinid fish species (Pseudorasbora parva, Rutilus rutilus) were identified in the diet of 23 piscivores belonging to three native fishes (Perca fluviatilis, Sander lucioperca, Esox lucius). The relative abundance of prey fishes changed seasonally and was dominated by the topmouth gudgeon in spring. Thereafter roach incidence continuously increased. In contrast, topmouth gudgeon was found to be a more sized-available prey and was the most dominant prey species in the diet of all piscivorous fishes during the whole season. Strong piscivory towards this alien might be beneficial for its eradication or control to support ecological integrity in natural and modified seminatural habitats.