Pelagic Planktivory by Larval Fishes in Lake Mendota
The influx of large numbers of recently hatched fish larvae into the pelagic zone of freshwater lakes can have a significant impact on the zooplankton communities on which they feed (Mills et al. 1987; Post and McQueen 1987; Whiteside 1988; Hewett and Stewart 1989). Fish larvae can have daily consumption rates which exceed their own biomass (Post 1990; Houde 1989), and therefore the potential for predatory impacts, intra- and interspecific competition, and density-dependent growth is high (Post 1990). Through these mechanisms, the interactions between larval fishes and their zooplankton prey can be pivotal in larval growth, survival, recruitment, and food web structure (Houde 1987; Rice et al. 1987; Post and Prankevicius 1987; Post and Rudstam, Ch. 19).
KeywordsYellow Perch Zooplankton Biomass Pelagic Zone Pelagic Larva Purse Seine
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