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Individual variation in spawning migration timing in a salmonid fish---exploring roles of environmental and social cues
  • 路生 福島,
  • Peter Rand
路生 福島
National Institute for Environmental Studies

Corresponding Author:michio@nies.go.jp

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Peter Rand
Prince William Sound Science Center
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1. Describing and explaining patterns of individual animal behaviors in situ, and their repeatability over the annual cycle, is an emerging field in ecology owing largely to advances in tagging technology. 2. We describe individual movements of adult Sakhalin taimen Parahucho perryi, an endangered salmonid fish, in the headwaters of a river in northern Japan during the spring spawning season over two years. 3. Migration timing, separated into stages prior to, during, and following the spawning period, was found to be more consistent and repeatable for females than males. 4. We hypothesized that the observed coordinated movement within seasons, and repeatability in migration timing across seasons, could result from 1) individual-specific responsiveness resulting from endogenous, biological traits that are mediated by environmental factors, or 2) social interactions among comigrating individuals. 5. We found that water temperature and water level experienced by fish near the river mouth approximately a week before arrival at the spawning ground explained variability in run timing between years for females but not males. 6. We found no evidence of conspecific attraction or repulsion resulting from social interactions among the spawners and post-spawners. 7. We conclude that individual-specific responsiveness to environmental cues was the likely mechanism underpinning the observed migration timing and movement patterns. 8. Determining the importance of these environmental and social factors not only during spawning but also during non-breeding life-history stages would contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of migratory connectivity in this species.
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