, Volume 630, Issue 1, pp 105–114 | Cite as

Distribution of egg strands of perch (Perca fluviatilis L.) with respect to depth and spawning substrate

  • Martin Čech
  • Jiří Peterka
  • Milan Říha
  • Tomáš Jůza
  • Jan Kubečka
Primary research paper


The distribution of egg strands of perch Perca fluviatilis was studied in relation to water depth and spawning substrate during late April and early May 2007 in Chabařovice Lake, Czech Republic, using SCUBA divers and parallel transects. The depth distribution of egg strands differed significantly between the two sampling dates, being much deeper in early May compared to late April. Perch used at least seven different spawning substrates of which the most important were curly pondweed Potamogeton crispus, worm weed Artemisia sp. and common reed Phragmites communis. However, while living submerged vegetation, although more abundant, was generally avoided, dead submerged vegetation was strongly preferred. It appears that dead vegetation is an ideal spawning substrate for perch since placement of the egg strands over those hard, complex three-dimensional structures ensures that the eggs remain well oxygenated 24 hours a day. Factors with significant influence on the distribution of egg strands were as follows (in order of decreasing influence): depth of deposition, type of spawning substrate, date of spawning and temperature at the depth of deposition.


Chabařovice Lake SCUBA diving Aquatic vegetation Curly pondweed Potamogeton crispus Common reed Phragmites communis Eurasian water milfoil Myriophyllum spicatum 



The authors thank B. Tlougan and M. Burgis for careful reading and correcting the English and W.N. Probst and one anonymous referee for valuable comments on an earlier version of this manuscript. The study was supported by the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic (projects No. 206/06/1371 and 206/09/P266), the Grant Agency of the Czech Academy of Sciences (project No. 1QS600170504) and the Palivový kombinát Ústí nad Labem s.p.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Čech
    • 1
  • Jiří Peterka
    • 1
  • Milan Říha
    • 1
  • Tomáš Jůza
    • 1
  • Jan Kubečka
    • 1
  1. 1.Biology Centre, Academy of Sciences of the Czech RepublicInstitute of HydrobiologyČeské BudĕjoviceCzech Republic

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