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Specific gravity and migratory patterns of amphidromous gobioid fish from Okinawa Island, Japan

TitreSpecific gravity and migratory patterns of amphidromous gobioid fish from Okinawa Island, Japan
Type de publicationJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuteursIida, M, Kondo, M, Tabouret, H, Maeda, K, Pécheyran, C, Hagiwara, A, Keith, P, Tachihara, K
JournalJournal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology
Mots-clésBuoyancy, diadromy, Early life history, Migratory history, otolith, Specific gravity

Amphidromy is a diadromous life history pattern where fish spawn in freshwater, and their larvae drift downstream

to the sea; the larvae develop in marine environments then migrate back in rivers to grow and reproduce.

Two amphidromous types with different life history characteristics, such as egg and larval sizes, exist. To understand

the ecology and early life history of amphidromous gobioid fish, six species from Okinawa Island were

selected—two large egg-type species (Rhinogobius similis and Tridentiger kuroiwae) and four small egg-type species

(Stiphodon percnopterygionus, Stenogobius sp., Sicyopterus lagocephalus, and Eleotris acanthopoma). The migratory

pattern of four of these species was confirmed using otolith Sr:Ca and Ba:Ca ratios combined with

water chemistry analysis. Although these species showed amphidromous migratory patterns, the timing of migration

from estuarine to freshwater habitats was species-specific. The large egg-type, R. similis, showed three

different migratory patterns: a long marine larval phase with a relatively fast migration from estuarine to freshwater

habitats, a short marine larval phase with a relatively fast migration, and a gradual migration. Similar patterns

of a long and fast migration or a gradual migration were seen in T. kuroiwae; however, the two small eggtype

species, Sti. percnopterygionus and Stenogobius sp., showed rapid migration to freshwater after entering the

river. To estimate larval ecology in the sea, ontogenetic changes in specific gravity (SG) were examined in all species.

The SG was measured day and night for 1–5 days until settlement in R. similis and T. kuroiwae, and until

10 days after hatching in the other species. The SG of all species ranged from 1.0138 to 1.0488, and varied

among ontogenetic stages and between day and night and species. Larval SG was relatively similar between R.

similis and T. kuroiwae, with low SG in the early stages and high SG after yolk absorption. During the late larval

stages and until settlement, T. kuroiwae showed diel changes in SG, with higher SG during the day, whereas R.

similis had a relatively constant pattern. The diel changes of T. kuroiwae larvae suggest different activity during

the day and at night (e.g. diel vertical migration). In the four small egg-type species, SG was high at hatching

and decreased thereafter, not showing large diel changes. The results suggest that sympatric amphidromous

gobioid species have various early life histories that may be influenced by several larval traits, including SG.