Relative larval loss among females during dispersal of Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens)

  • Thuy Yen Duong
  • Kim T. Scribner
  • James A. Crossman
  • Patrick S. Forsythe
  • Edward A. Baker
  • Jeannette Kanefsky
  • Jared J. Homola
  • Christin Davis


Mortality that occurs during larval dispersal as a consequence of environmental, maternal, and genetic effects and their interactions can affect annual recruitment in fish populations. We studied larval lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) drift for two consecutive nights to examine whether larvae from different females exposed to the same environmental conditions during dispersal differed in relative levels of mortality. We estimated proportional contributions of females to larval collections and relative larval loss among females as larvae dispersed downstream between two sampling sites based on genetically determined parentage. Larval collections were composed of unequal proportions of offspring from different females that spawned at upstream and downstream locations (~0.8 km apart). Hourly dispersal patterns of larvae produced from females spawning at both locations were similar, with the largest number of larvae observed during 22:00–23:00 h. Estimated relative larval loss did not differ significantly among females as larvae were sampled at two sites approximately 0.15 and 1.5 km from the last section downstream of spawning locations. High inter- and intra-female variation in larval contributions and relative larval loss between nights may be a common feature of lake sturgeon and other migratory fish species, and likely is a source of inter-annual and intra-annual variation in fish recruitment.


Larval dispersal Mortality Maternal effects Lake sturgeon 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thuy Yen Duong
    • 1
    • 5
  • Kim T. Scribner
    • 1
  • James A. Crossman
    • 1
    • 6
  • Patrick S. Forsythe
    • 2
    • 3
  • Edward A. Baker
    • 4
  • Jeannette Kanefsky
    • 1
  • Jared J. Homola
    • 1
  • Christin Davis
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Fisheries and WildlifeMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  2. 2.Department of ZoologyMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  3. 3.U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Green Bay Fish and Wildlife Conservation OfficeNew FrankenUSA
  4. 4.Department of Natural ResourcesMarquetteUSA
  5. 5.College of Aquaculture and FisheriesCantho UniversityCanthoVietnam
  6. 6.BC Hydro PowerCastlegarCanada

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