Ecology of slimy sculpin (Cottus cognatus) in the Chena River, Alaska

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Show simple item record Sonnichsen, Sandra K. 2017-04-25T01:15:17Z 2017-04-25T01:15:17Z 1981-12
dc.description Thesis (M.S.) University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1981 en_US
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to gather information on the ecology of slimy sculpin (Cottus cognatus) in the upper Chena River. Three major topics were examined: age and growth, food habits, and habitat preferences. Age of fish was analyzed by length frequency and otoliths. Chena River sculpin were slow growing, reaching a maximum length of 86 mm in 7 years. Stomach contents were examined to determine contribution of different prey to the diet. Chironomids and large mayflies were most important in the diet; electivity indices indicated positive selection for them. Habitat preferences were examined by capturing fish, and measuring habitat variables at the point of capture. These data were analyzed using multiple regressions on principal components. No significant correlation was found between number of sculpin caught and habitat variables of depth, velocity, and substrate type. en_US
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dc.title Ecology of slimy sculpin (Cottus cognatus) in the Chena River, Alaska en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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