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Dietary breadth and trophic position of introduced European catfish Silurus glanis in the River Tarn (Garonne River basin), southwest France

Syväranta, Jari and Cucherousset, Julien and Kopp, Dorothée and Crivelli, Alain Jean and Céréghino, Régis and Santoul, Frédéric Dietary breadth and trophic position of introduced European catfish Silurus glanis in the River Tarn (Garonne River basin), southwest France. (2010) Aquatic Biology, 8 (2). 137-144. ISSN 1864-7782

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3354/ab00220


Although being a widely introduced and successfully established species, the European catfish Silurus glanis L. (the world’s third largest freshwater fish) remains poorly studied in its introduced areas. Here we studied the trophic ecology of non-native European catfish in a large river system in south-western France using stomach content and stable isotope analyses (SIA). We used fin samples for SIA of catfish and hence tested the validity of using fin tissue as a proxy for muscle in SIA. The mean δ15N and δ13C values analysed from fin tissues did not differ from those analysed from muscle tissue and reflected strong and consistent relationships (r2 = 0.95 for carbon and r2 = 0.98 for nitrogen). The δ15N values varied almost 5‰ among the analysed catfish individuals, while δ13C values varied >5‰. Total length of these catfish ranged from 200 to 2240 mm and was correlated with δ15N and especially with δ13C values. Although catfish length and δ15N values were positively correlated, the mean trophic positions of catfish increased only slightly from smaller individuals to larger ones (4.3 to 4.7). However, larger catfish were considerably 13C-enriched in their δ13C values compared to smaller individuals and had up to 4‰ higher δ13C values than their expected aquatic prey. This might indicate frequent consumption of mammals and/or non-aquatic birds by the larger sized individuals, which were found in the catfish stomachs.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Thanks to Inter-Research editor. The definitive version is available at http://www.int-res.com/abstracts/ab/v8/n2/p137-144/
HAL Id:hal-00911522
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Other partners > Tour du Valat - Centre de recherche pour la conservation des zones humides méditerranéennes (FRANCE)
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