Population biology of Cyphocarax modestus (Osteichthyes, Curimatidae) in the Ribeirão Claro stream, Rio Claro (SP)
Keywords:Sagüiru, Corumbataí river sub-basin, reservoir, growth, mortality
AbstractThis work aimed a better understanding of the annual cycle of Cyphocarax modestus in the reservoir of water captation of Ribeirão Claro stream. The growth parameters were estimated through the analysis of length distribution and the relationships among time of smaller growth, alimentary activity, fat accumulation and reproductive period were considered. Besides, the instantaneous rate of natural mortality was calculated. Monthly samplings were accomplished in the Ribeirão Claro stream, in the reservoir of water captation of Rio Claro city. For that, 50 m of wait net was used, with meshes of 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0 and 3.5 cm measured between adjacent knots. The ELEFAN I program was used to estimate the growth parameters, and its application was done using the FISAT program. It was also used the seasonal version of von Bertalanffy’s growth curve. It was considered that the reproduction of C. modestus is annual and concentrated from December to February, allowing the identification of different modas in the distributions, an essential condition for the conduction of that analysis type. The estimated parameters were: K = 0.34/year, L ¥ = 15.40 cm, C = 0.2, Wp = 0.6 and M = 0.949/year, with the identification of four cohorts. The physiologic sequence in the annual cycle of the specie could be noted when data of accumulated fat in the visceral cavity, alimentary activity, reproduction time and time of smaller growth were analyzed together. It was noted that with the beginning of the maturation of gonads, the energy resources stopped being invested in the growth and passed to be used for reproduction.
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Carmassi, A. L., Silva, A. T. da, Rondineli, G. R., & Braga, F. M. de S. (2008). Population biology of Cyphocarax modestus (Osteichthyes, Curimatidae) in the Ribeirão Claro stream, Rio Claro (SP). Biota Neotropica, 8(1). Retrieved from //www.biotaneotropica.org.br/BN/article/view/370