Morphological differentiation among native trout populations in North-Western Greece (Journal article)

Liasko, R., Anastasiadou, Ch., Ntakis, A., Gkenas, Ch., Leonardos, I. D.

Morphology of native brown trout (Salmo spp.) from four major rivers of Western Greece was analyzed using 36 morphometric and 7 meristic characters in order to clarify its taxonomic status and provide insights about the life models followed by these populations. Significant between- population differences were observed in both types of characters. Discriminant analysis allowed correct classification of 92.9% of all specimens. Differences in morphometric traits were related to body shape as well as to fin positioning and length. Cluster analysis carried out separately on mean morphometric and modal meristic values of populations indicated (in both cases) distinct position of the trout population from Louros River. Morphometrics of S. lourosensis suggest a spatially restricted resident model of life, in which case conservation measures should be focused on restoration and protection of the uppermost part of the stream where the species is abundant.
Institution and School/Department of submitter: Πανεπιστήμιο Ιωαννίνων. Σχολή Επιστημών και Τεχνολογιών. Τμήμα Βιολογικών Εφαρμογών και Τεχνολογιών
Keywords: brown trout, morphometrics, body shape, environment, conservation
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