Size-selective overwintering mortality in the sand smelt, Atherina boyeri Risso, and its role in population regulation

@article{Henderson1988SizeselectiveOM,
  title={Size-selective overwintering mortality in the sand smelt, Atherina boyeri Risso, and its role in population regulation},
  author={P. Henderson and R. Holmes and R. Bamber},
  journal={Journal of Fish Biology},
  year={1988},
  volume={33},
  pages={221-233}
}
The fat laid down as a winter reserve by O-group sand smelt, Atherina boyeri, was found to be size-dependent. The larger, earlier-spawned fish lay down more fat prior to the onset of winter. During the winter the fish do not feed for some 100 days and rely on this fat for energy; laterspawned O-group fish (<59 mm s.l. in November) have insufficient fat reserves and starve to death in a normal winter. This loss of the smallest 46% of the O-group is shown as an increase in the mean size of the O… Expand
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