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Habitat-choice interactions between pike predators and perch prey depend on water transparency

  • Christian Skov
  • Anders Nilsson
  • Lene Jacobsen
  • Christer Brönmark
Publishing year: 2007
Language: English
Pages: 298-302
Publication/Series: Journal of Fish Biology
Volume: 70
Issue: 1
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Abstract english

A mesocosm experiment indicated that water transparency influenced antipredator behaviour in young-of-the-year perch Perca fluviatilis, which partly contradicts another study by showing that high transparency decreases rather than increases perch antipredatory use of vegetated habitats when predators are also free to choose habitat. The present study emphasizes the importance of simultaneously considering both prey and predator habitat-choice behaviours when evaluating predator-prey interactions in relation to water visibility.


  • Ecology
  • Esox lucius
  • Perca
  • water transparency
  • antipredatory behaviours
  • habitat choice
  • fluviatilis


  • ISSN: 0022-1112
Anders Nilsson
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Aquatic Ecology


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Varpu Pärssinen

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