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Visibility conditions and diel period affect small-scale spatio-temporal behaviour of pike Esox lucius in the absence of prey and conspecifics

  • Anders Nilsson
  • H. Baktoft
  • M. Boel
  • K. Meier
  • L. Jacobsen
  • E. M. Rokkjaer
  • T. Clausen
  • C. Skov
Publishing year: 2012
Language: English
Pages: 2384-2389
Publication/Series: Journal of Fish Biology
Volume: 80
Issue: 6
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Abstract english

Pike Esox lucius in the absence of prey and conspecifics were shown to have the highest habitat-change activity during dusk and to decrease preference for complex habitats in turbid water. As the behaviours indicate routine responses in the absence of behavioural interactions, E. lucius spatio-temporal distributions should be directly affected and thereby more easily assessed and avoided by prey, with potential consequences for encounter rates.


  • Ecology
  • activity
  • habitat choice
  • piscivore
  • predator
  • turbidity


  • ISSN: 0022-1112
Anders Nilsson
E-mail: anders [dot] nilsson [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se


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Aquatic Ecology


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