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The importance of incorporating age and sex when backcalculating length in bullhead Cottus gobio

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The present study backcalculated body length for a data set of a bullhead Cottus gobio population located at different sampling sites in a river network. Model comparison between various growth models, which included successively new parameters, showed the effect and importance of taking sex, age and the location in the river network into account. The data sets obtained by backcalculation were fitted by the von Bertalanffy growth function, which revealed the effect of the backcalculation formula on the estimation of the von Bertalanffy growth parameters. Fitting results and parameter estimates showed again the importance of incorporating age and sex when backcalculating body length in the C. gobio population studied.

Keywords: growth parameters; model comparison; otolith; river network; von Bertalanffy

Document Type: Regular Paper


Affiliations: Université de Lyon, F-69000, Lyon; Université Lyon 1; CNRS, UMR5558, Laboratoire de Biométrie et Biologie Evolutive, F-69622 Villeurbanne, France

Publication date: May 1, 2011


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