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Hydrobiologia

, Volume 766, Issue 1, pp 365–379 | Cite as

The spatial pattern of larval fish assemblages in the lower reach of the Yangtze River: potential influences of river–lake connectivity and tidal intrusion

  • Peng Ren
  • Hu He
  • Yiqing Song
  • Fei Cheng
  • Songguang Xie
Primary Research Paper

Abstract

Landscape pattern plays an important role in structuring of larval fish assemblages in large river basins. The lower reach of the Yangtze River includes the river section from the mouth of Poyang Lake, the largest freshwater lake in China, downward to the estuary. We hypothesized that river–lake connectivity at the upstream portion and tidal intrusion at the downstream portion are significant drivers of larval fish assemblages. Larval fish were collected monthly from April 2012 through September 2013 in three locations at Anqing (AQ), Nanjing (NJ), and Jingjiang (JJ). Fifty-six taxa of larval fish were identified with 52 of them determined of species. Larval fish were highly abundant from April through August; the number of species and the abundance were much higher at AQ than at NJ and JJ; the bloom of larval fish at JJ tended to be later than at NJ and AQ. We suggest that the larger number of species and higher abundance of larval fish at AQ reflect the effects of the connectivity of Poyang Lake with the river upstream of AQ, and the delayed bloom of larval fish and the occurrence of estuarine species at JJ reflect the influences of tidal intrusion from the estuary.

Keywords

Larval fish assemblages Temporal-spatial patterns River–lake connectivity Tidal intrusion Lower reach of the Yangtze River 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This research was financially supported by the National Science Foundation of China (No. 51209202), Heishazhou Channel Regulation Project of Changjiang Waterway Bureau, Science and Technology Research Project of China Three Gorges Corporation (CT-12-08-01), Special Funded Project of China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (No. 2013T60764), and Key Laboratory of Aquatic Biodiversity and Conservation of Chinese Academy of Sciences (No. Y12Z08).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peng Ren
    • 1
    • 2
  • Hu He
    • 3
  • Yiqing Song
    • 1
    • 2
  • Fei Cheng
    • 1
  • Songguang Xie
    • 1
    • 4
  1. 1.The Key Laboratory of Aquatic Biodiversity and Conservation of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of HydrobiologyChinese Academy of SciencesWuhanChina
  2. 2.Graduate University of the Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  3. 3.Changjiang Waterway BureauWuhanChina
  4. 4.The Key Laboratory of Sustainable Fisheries and Environmental Protection for Lakes of Northern Jiangsu, Huai’an Research Center, Institute of HydrobiologyChinese Academy of SciencesHuai’anChina

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