A spined loach (Cobitis taenia L.) population inhabiting a small river in northern Italy was studied. At each age, females were larger than males and both sexes showed a marked seasonal pattern of growth with a high rate from May through November. Total population density averaged 2.38 ± 1.6 ind/m2 and the annual production in the study area was 3.3 g/m2. The first year class during the summer accounts for more than half the production. The sex‐ratio did not significantly depart from unity. Most individuals achieved sexual maturity in their second spring after hatching and spawning occurred in late May and June. The relationship between female total length and fecundity was lnF=l.07+0.065L. Males showing three different liveries were found throughout the year; the seasonal variation in their frequency suggested that males change livery in relation to their reproductive conditions.

The biology of a population of spined loach,Cobitis taeniaL.

RASOTTO, MARIA BERICA
1989

Abstract

A spined loach (Cobitis taenia L.) population inhabiting a small river in northern Italy was studied. At each age, females were larger than males and both sexes showed a marked seasonal pattern of growth with a high rate from May through November. Total population density averaged 2.38 ± 1.6 ind/m2 and the annual production in the study area was 3.3 g/m2. The first year class during the summer accounts for more than half the production. The sex‐ratio did not significantly depart from unity. Most individuals achieved sexual maturity in their second spring after hatching and spawning occurred in late May and June. The relationship between female total length and fecundity was lnF=l.07+0.065L. Males showing three different liveries were found throughout the year; the seasonal variation in their frequency suggested that males change livery in relation to their reproductive conditions.
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