Migratory life history of European eel Anguilla anguilla from freshwater regions of the River Asi, southern Turkey and their high otolith Sr:Ca ratios

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Otolith Sr:Ca ratios from 32 of 34 European eel Anguilla anguilla collected from three freshwater sites in the River Asi, southern Turkey, indicated that they were resident in fresh water without apparent exposure to salt water since the elver stage. The Sr:Ca ratio criterion indicative of residence in fresh water was more than twice that of values from other European countries. Otolith Sr:Ca ratios of A. anguilla from fresh waters can vary among regions, possibly reflecting regional-specific water chemistry. Hence, the use of Sr:Ca ratios determined in one region to interpret results from a different region might lead to misclassification of migratory life-history types.

Keywords: freshwater residence; life-history types; water chemistry

Document Type: Regular Paper

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1095-8649.2011.02903.x

Affiliations: 1: Anafartalar Campus, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Çanakkale, Turkey 2: Institute of Earth Sciences, Academia Sinica, Nankang, Taipei, Taiwan 3: Department of Biology, Ondokuzmayis University, Samsun, Turkey 4: Institute of Fisheries Science, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan

Publication date: March 1, 2011

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