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Document Type

Research

Keywords

Flathead chub, Hybopsis gracilis, age and growth, weight-length relationships, condition factors, fecundity

Abstract

Aspects of the life history of the flathead chub were investigated between 7/15/75 to 8/31/76 in Perry Creek, Iowa, a Missouri River tributary. Age and growth data from 288 fish revealed that the population consisted of 4 age groups. Total lengths based on summation of increments averaged 78, 110. 132 and 150 mm for age groups I through IV. The weight-length relationship for preserved fish was log W = -1.7615 + 2.9802 (log L). The coefficient of condition for all fish was KSL = 1.7 and KTL = 0.96. Sexual maturity was reached when the fish were 2 years old and a standard length > 105 mm. Spawning extended from mid-July to mid-August. Mature females averaged 4,974 eggs/ovary. Perry Creek provided a stable environment for growth and development but no old or large chubs were taken. Destruction of chub habitat in the Missouri River and its tributaries is suggested as a possible reason for the paucity of older fish.

Publication Date

June 1978

Journal Title

Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science

Volume

85

Issue

2

First Page

62

Last Page

65

Copyright

© Copyright 1978 by the Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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