Competitive interactions between the Australian native fish Galaxiasmaculatus and the exotic mosquitofish Gambusiaholbrooki,in a series of laboratory experiments

Becker, Alistair, Laurenson, Laurie, Jones, Paul and Newman, Dane 2005, Competitive interactions between the Australian native fish Galaxiasmaculatus and the exotic mosquitofish Gambusiaholbrooki,in a series of laboratory experiments, Hydrobiologia, vol. 549, no. 1, pp. 187-196.

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Title Competitive interactions between the Australian native fish Galaxiasmaculatus and the exotic mosquitofish Gambusiaholbrooki,in a series of laboratory experiments
Formatted title Competitive interactions between the Australian Native Fish Galaxiasmaculatus and the exotic mosquitofish Gambusiaholbrooki, in a series of laboratory experiments
Author(s) Becker, Alistair
Laurenson, Laurie
Jones, Paul
Newman, Dane
Journal name Hydrobiologia
Volume number 549
Issue number 1
Start page 187
End page 196
Publisher Springer-Verlag
Place of publication Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Publication date 2005-10
ISSN 0018-8158
1573-5117
Keyword(s) competition
artificial cover
exotic fishes
distances
Summary Competitive interactions between Galaxias maculatus, native to southeastern Australia, and Gambusia holbrooki, an exotic pest, were examined in relation to two types of artificial cover and a food source. Experiments were performed in an 800 l tank using photographic techniques. The relative distance of G. maculatus from cover or food source before and after the introduction of G. holbrooki were compared. Also, the proportions of the species were altered to examine the effects of unequal numbers on dominance behaviour. It was found that G. holbrooki was unable to out compete G. maculatus for either cover or food. The distance of G. maculatus from a food source was seen to increase following the introduction of G. holbrooki, when they outnumbered G. maculatus by 3 to 1. Although the distance from the food of G.maculatus increased following the introduction of G. holbrooki, in all cases the mean distance of G.␣maculatus from cover or food was less than that of G. holbrooki. Significant intra-species competition appeared to occur between G. maculatus and it may be that this competition had a greater effect than the competitive pressure G. holbrooki was able to place on the natives. This study revealed that the exotic pest species, G. holbrooki, could not out compete a small native Australian fish species.
Language eng
Field of Research 060204 Freshwater Ecology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Springer
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