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Corpus Systématique Animale

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Comparison of ageing methods and growth rates for largemouth bass, Micropterus salmoides Lacépède, from northern latitudes

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  • Annuli
  • Age
  • Scales
  • Sagittae
  • Vertebrae
  • Dorsal fin spines
  • Pectoral fin rays
  • Growth
  • Oligotrophic lake
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  • David C. Maraldo 1
  • Hugh R. MacCrimmon 1
  • 1) Department of Zoology, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Synopsis: Ages determined by counts of apparent annuli on scales, sagittae, vertebrae, pectoral fin ray and dorsal fin spine cross sections of largemouth bass from northern populations, which are older and slower growing fish than in the southern parts of its native range, were compared to establish the accuracy of each method. Linear regression techniques indicated strong agreement (r> 0.9) among ages assigned from the examination of scales, sagittae, and vertebrae. The pattern of growth zones on pectoral fin ray and dorsal fm spine cross sections proved too variable for accurate age determination. Limited data suggest that ages greater than 7+ assigned from scales were more likely to underestimate true ages than the other body parts used, although none of these methods gave satisfactory results. Examination of scales from recovered tagged fish, and the similarity between back-calculated lengths of fish through age 7+ to annulus I and observed lengths of juvenile largemouth bass near the end of their first growing season, support the validity of ages determined from scales. Despite a very limited amount of habitat suitable for largemouth bass and severe climatic conditions, growth of this species in Tadenac Lake was similar to growth in other waters north of the Great Lakes. Differences in physical characteristics among these waters does not appear to influence growth rates of largemouth bass, but probably affects production and biomass.

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  • 2 - agriculture, fisheries & forestry
  • 3 - fisheries
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  • 1 - sciences appliquees, technologies et medecines
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  • 1 - Life Sciences ; 2 - Agricultural and Biological Sciences ; 3 - Aquatic Science
  • 1 - Life Sciences ; 2 - Agricultural and Biological Sciences ; 3 - Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
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  • 1 - science ; 2 - marine & freshwater biology
  • 1 - science ; 2 - ecology
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Environmental Biology of Fishes

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