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Interannual variations of the fish assemblage in the transitional zone of the Three Gorges Reservoir: persistence and stability
Yang, Shaorong1,2; Gao, Xin1; Li, Mingzheng1,2; Ma, Baoshan1; Liu, Huanzhang1; Gao, X (reprint author), Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Hydrobiol, Key Lab Aquat Biodivers & Conservat, 7th So Rd East Lake, Wuhan 430072, Hubei Province, Peoples R China
2012-02-01
Source PublicationENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY OF FISHES
ISSN0378-1909
Volume93Issue:2Pages:295-304
AbstractThe construction of dams may lead to dramatic changes in fish assemblages due to the loss of lotic habitat caused by impoundment, which have been well documented. However, knowledge of the temporal variation of fish assemblages in the transitional zone, which is an ecotone between lotic and lentic environments of the reservoir, is still very rare. In the present study, fishes in the transitional zone of the Three Gorges Reservoir were sampled from 1997 to 2002 and from 2006 to 2009 to investigate interannual variations of fish assemblages. The results showed that 9 families, composed of 77 species, were found in the transitional zone with Cyprinidae as the dominant group. By cluster analysis (CLUSTER) and non-metric multidimensional scaling analysis (MDS), assemblages were separated into two groups at a Bray-Curtis similarity value of 77.26%, representing the pre-impoundment period and post-impoundment period. Following analysis of similarity percentages of species contributions (SIMPER), shifts in abundances of Coreius guichenoti, Rhinogobio cylindricus and Coreius heterodon, etc. contributed most to the difference between the two groups. Surprisingly, contrasting to the drastic changes in lacustrine region, the fish assemblage in the transitional zone appeared to be relatively stable, since the ten core species caught were consistently recorded every year, and no significant species replacement occurred during our study period. Besides, the moderate index of persistence indicated persistence of the fish assemblage as well, in spite of the shift of some species. Based on the results of ordination and time-lag analysis, the fish assemblage in the transitional zone showed no directional change. We conclude that fish assemblage in the transitional zone of the Three Gorges Reservoir was stable across the surveyed years. Based on our results, we propose that maintenance of dynamic transitional zones in reservoirs will be useful for the preservation of fishes, particularly for the endemic species inhabiting the upper Yangtze.; The construction of dams may lead to dramatic changes in fish assemblages due to the loss of lotic habitat caused by impoundment, which have been well documented. However, knowledge of the temporal variation of fish assemblages in the transitional zone, which is an ecotone between lotic and lentic environments of the reservoir, is still very rare. In the present study, fishes in the transitional zone of the Three Gorges Reservoir were sampled from 1997 to 2002 and from 2006 to 2009 to investigate interannual variations of fish assemblages. The results showed that 9 families, composed of 77 species, were found in the transitional zone with Cyprinidae as the dominant group. By cluster analysis (CLUSTER) and non-metric multidimensional scaling analysis (MDS), assemblages were separated into two groups at a Bray-Curtis similarity value of 77.26%, representing the pre-impoundment period and post-impoundment period. Following analysis of similarity percentages of species contributions (SIMPER), shifts in abundances of Coreius guichenoti, Rhinogobio cylindricus and Coreius heterodon, etc. contributed most to the difference between the two groups. Surprisingly, contrasting to the drastic changes in lacustrine region, the fish assemblage in the transitional zone appeared to be relatively stable, since the ten core species caught were consistently recorded every year, and no significant species replacement occurred during our study period. Besides, the moderate index of persistence indicated persistence of the fish assemblage as well, in spite of the shift of some species. Based on the results of ordination and time-lag analysis, the fish assemblage in the transitional zone showed no directional change. We conclude that fish assemblage in the transitional zone of the Three Gorges Reservoir was stable across the surveyed years. Based on our results, we propose that maintenance of dynamic transitional zones in reservoirs will be useful for the preservation of fishes, particularly for the endemic species inhabiting the upper Yangtze.
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KeywordFish Assemblage Persistence Stability Transitional Zone Three Gorges Reservoir Yangtze River
Department[Yang, Shaorong; Gao, Xin; Li, Mingzheng; Ma, Baoshan; Liu, Huanzhang] Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Hydrobiol, Key Lab Aquat Biodivers & Conservat, Wuhan 430072, Hubei Province, Peoples R China; [Yang, Shaorong; Li, Mingzheng] Chinese Acad Sci, Grad Univ, Beijing 100039, Peoples R China
DOI10.1007/s10641-011-9936-6
WOS HeadingsScience & Technology ; Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Funding OrganizationChinese Academy of Sciences[KZCX1-YW-08-01]; Three Gorges Project eco-environmental monitoring system[SX [2009]-019] ; Chinese Academy of Sciences[KZCX1-YW-08-01]; Three Gorges Project eco-environmental monitoring system[SX [2009]-019] ; Chinese Academy of Sciences[KZCX1-YW-08-01]; Three Gorges Project eco-environmental monitoring system[SX [2009]-019] ; Chinese Academy of Sciences[KZCX1-YW-08-01]; Three Gorges Project eco-environmental monitoring system[SX [2009]-019]
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaEnvironmental Sciences & Ecology ; Marine & Freshwater Biology
WOS SubjectEcology ; Marine & Freshwater Biology
WOS IDWOS:000298807000013
WOS KeywordRIVER-BASIN ; STREAM ; IMPOUNDMENT ; COMMUNITIES ; VARIABILITY ; FLOW ; CONSERVATION ; DIVERSITY ; GRADIENTS ; PATTERNS
Funding OrganizationChinese Academy of Sciences[KZCX1-YW-08-01]; Three Gorges Project eco-environmental monitoring system[SX [2009]-019] ; Chinese Academy of Sciences[KZCX1-YW-08-01]; Three Gorges Project eco-environmental monitoring system[SX [2009]-019] ; Chinese Academy of Sciences[KZCX1-YW-08-01]; Three Gorges Project eco-environmental monitoring system[SX [2009]-019] ; Chinese Academy of Sciences[KZCX1-YW-08-01]; Three Gorges Project eco-environmental monitoring system[SX [2009]-019]
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.ihb.ac.cn/handle/342005/16699
Collection水生生物多样性与资源保护研究中心_期刊论文
Corresponding AuthorGao, X (reprint author), Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Hydrobiol, Key Lab Aquat Biodivers & Conservat, 7th So Rd East Lake, Wuhan 430072, Hubei Province, Peoples R China
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Hydrobiol, Key Lab Aquat Biodivers & Conservat, Wuhan 430072, Hubei Province, Peoples R China
2.Chinese Acad Sci, Grad Univ, Beijing 100039, Peoples R China
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Yang, Shaorong,Gao, Xin,Li, Mingzheng,et al. Interannual variations of the fish assemblage in the transitional zone of the Three Gorges Reservoir: persistence and stability[J]. ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY OF FISHES,2012,93(2):295-304.
APA Yang, Shaorong,Gao, Xin,Li, Mingzheng,Ma, Baoshan,Liu, Huanzhang,&Gao, X .(2012).Interannual variations of the fish assemblage in the transitional zone of the Three Gorges Reservoir: persistence and stability.ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY OF FISHES,93(2),295-304.
MLA Yang, Shaorong,et al."Interannual variations of the fish assemblage in the transitional zone of the Three Gorges Reservoir: persistence and stability".ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY OF FISHES 93.2(2012):295-304.
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