Javier Sánchez-Hernández

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Brown trout, Salmo trutta Linnaeus, 1758, is a species of significant conservation and socio-economic importance. A consequence of this importance is the enormous amount of literature that has been published on the species in the last few decades. In general terms, brown trout has been considered as a size-selective predator, even though it is able to feed(More)
Although diversity and limnology of alpine lake systems are well studied, their food web structure and properties have rarely been addressed. Here, the topological food webs of three high mountain lakes in Central Spain were examined. We first addressed the pelagic networks of the lakes, and then we explored how food web topology changed when benthic biota(More)
We assessed the food resource partitioning of three fish species (Arctic charr, Atlantic salmon and alpine bullhead) living in sympatry in a subarctic river. Fish were sampled monthly during the ice-free season (May–October), and dietary overlap among the species was calculated according to Schoener’s index. In October, the diet overlap among all three(More)
The aim of this study was to quantify changes in food webs based on ontogenetic dietary shifts of a top fish predator (here brown trout Salmo trutta L.). Here, the food web of a river in Central Spain (River Tormes) was studied to test the hypothesis that food web structural properties may change according to age-related changes in feeding habits of brown(More)
Multivariate prey trait analysis is a functional approach to understand predator-prey relationships. Here, seven macroinvertebrate ecological traits have been used for the analysis of trophic ecology of co-occurring age classes of Northern Iberian chub Squalius carolitertii, a cyprinid fish species. The present study identified several key factors in the(More)
Sewage pollutants may impair growth or survival of the freshwater biota, though animals might benefit from the extra food availability as production increases. We examined biochemical (muscle glycogen), morphological (condition factor and hepatosomatic index), and diet biomarkers in brown trout for evaluating the effects of chronic exposure to organic(More)
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