Taxonomic, biological and ecological characteristics of the genus Telestes Bonaparte 1837 (Actinopterygii)in the area of Velika Kapela and Mala Kapela mountains

Marčić, Zoran (2013) Taxonomic, biological and ecological characteristics of the genus Telestes Bonaparte 1837 (Actinopterygii)in the area of Velika Kapela and Mala Kapela mountains. Doctoral thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Biology.

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Abstract

In this thesis, the taxonomic, biological and ecological characteristics of the genus Telestes in the area of the Velika and Mala Kapela mountains were examined. Samples were collected by electrofishing and in a visual dive census. Two distinct species of the genus Telestes were found in the area of investigation; T. polylepis and T. karsticus, each on the opposite side of the Velika and Mala Kapela mountains. Accordingly, the knowledge of the distribution, morphometric and meristic characteristics for both species has been significantly improved. Also, the knowledge of the population structure, length-weight relationships, diet, age and growth, reproduction and mortality of T. karsticus has greatly improved. This species is a euryphagous omnivore. Benthic invertebrates accounted for the majority of the food consumed, although terrestrial insects, plant material, algae and fish were also found. The species sexually matures at the age of 1+. It is a litophylic species that spawns from mid-March to mid-May. The oldest specimen found was at the age of 5+.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral thesis)
Keywords: Croatian Dace, taxonomy and distribution, life history and autecology
Supervisor: Mustafić, Perica
Date: 2013
Number of Pages: 178
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Grozdana Sirotic
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2014 15:27
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2014 12:28
URI: http://digre.pmf.unizg.hr/id/eprint/334

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