First Record of Topmouth Gudgeon Pseudorasbora parva (Temminck and Schlegel, 1846) in the Sureyyabey Dam Lake, Yesilirmak Basin, Turkey

Semra Benzer*

Department of Science Education, Gazi Faculty of Education, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey

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Semra Benzer
Department of Science Education
Gazi Faculty of Education, Gazi University
Ankara, Turkey
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Abstract

The aim of this study is to determine certain morphometric characteristics of Pseudorasbora parva from Süreyyabey Dam Lake. Morphological analyses of thirty two morphometric characters were performed. These characteristics were standard length, fork length, total length, body weight, head length, pre orbital distance, eye diameter, postorbital distance, head depth, pre dorsal distance, prepelvic distance, pre anal distance, pectoral fin- pelvic fin distance, pelvic fin-anal fin distance, body depth, dorsal fin (anterior end) – anal fin distance, dorsal fin (posterior end) – anal fin distance, post dorsal distance, post anal distance, caudal peduncle length (dorsal), caudal peduncle length (ventral), caudal peduncle depth, dorsal fin base length, anal fin base fin length, pectoral fin length, pelvic fin length, caudal upper lobe length, caudal fork length, caudal lower lobe length, dorsal fin length, anal fin length and gape. The samples were measured regarding the weight to the nearest 0.01 g and total, fork and standard length to the nearest 0.01 mm. The Standard Length (SL) ranged from 35.0 mm to 55.0 mm and body weight ranged from 1.0 to 3.46 g.

Keywords

Pseudorasbora parva, Topmouth gudgeon, Morphometries properties, Süreyyabey dam lake

Introduction

Turkey is an extremely diverse region in terms of fauna and zoogeography [1]. Turkey is also rich in biodiversity of freshwater fish [2]. Topmouth gudgeon, Pseudorasbora parva is a small cyprinid and a greatly invasive species in Europe [3]. This species is known to have environmental tolerance to low oxygen, organic pollution, and even concentrations of pesticides that are fatal to other fish species [4]. The life story flexibility of successful invaders may also be related to their potential for huge morphological plasticity [5,6]. P. parva has a negative effect on the fish fauna through competition spawning area, food and other resources [7]. P. parva’s natural area is East Asia [8]. It has been found first time in Turkish Thrace region [9].

P. parva has large populations due to its high reproductive capacity [10]. The presence of the internal waters of Turkey has been reported by many researchers [9-16]. Fishermen who hunted for commercial purposes to hunt Atherina boyeri have also been found to hunt Aphanius marassantensis and P. parva species in the region surveyed. Several studies deal with the morphology P. parva [5,17-19].

There are many studies on various features of P. parva at national and international [5,15,19-21]. There have been no studies on Süreyyabey Dam Lake. Located in inland water resources in Turkey, the life cycle of fish species and determination of biological characteristics are important.

In this paper, the first occurrence of Pseudorasbora parva from Süreyyabey Dam Lake in Yeşilırmak Basin is reported. This paper describes the area where this fish was found and its morphometric data of the population was documented.

MATERIALS AND METHODS

Süreyyabey Dam Lake is located approximately 82 km northeast of Yozgat (35°28' N and 35°33' N latitudes and 39°55' E and 40°03' E longitudes) (Figure 1). Süreyyabey Dam, Yozgat province on the Çekerek Creek, was constructed for irrigation, energy and flood control. The area of lake is 4134 km2 with a rock body fill type dam. The Cekerek River, one of the most important branches of Yesilirmak, is located between the Deveci Mountains (1892 m) and Dagni Mountain (1755 m) [22].

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Figure 1: Map of Süreyyabey Dam Lake

Fish specimens were captured by commercial fisherman from Süreyyabey Dam Lake in 2016 (Figure 2). Sex determination was based on external coloration of individuals. The samples were preserved in 4% formaldehyde solution and transported to the laboratory; weight was measured to the nearest 0.01 g and total and standard length to the nearest 0.01 mm. In total, thirty two morphometric characters of samples were measured. These characteristics were standard length, fork length, total length, body weight, head length, preorbital distance, eye diameter, postorbital distance, head depth, predorsal distance, prepelvic distance, preanal distance, pectoral fin- pelvic fin distance, pelvic fin-anal fin distance, body depth, dorsal fin (anterior end) – anal fin distance, dorsal fin (posterior end) – anal fin distance, postdorsal distance, postanal distance, caudal peduncle length (dorsal), caudal peduncle length (ventral), caudal peduncle depth, dorsal fin base length, anal fin base fin length, pectoral fin length, pelvic fin length, caudal upper lobe length, caudal fork length, caudal lower lobe length, dorsal fin length, anal fin length and gape. The SL of 47 individuals ranged from 35 mm to 55 mm. The TL of individuals was between 41 cm and 68 cm, and W ranged between 1.0 g and 3.46 g subsequently.

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Figure 2: Photo of P. parva

RESULTS AND DISCUSSION

In this research, thirty two morphometric characters were examined and the minimum, maximum, mean, standard deviation values are given in Table 1. Measurements and counts of the 47 specimens are given in Table 1. Total lengths and weights of the examined specimens ranged 4.10 cm and 6.80 cm; 1.00 g and 3.46 g respectively.

No. Parameters Female+Male
Min Max Average Std. deviation CI Margin of error Upper bound Lower bound
1 Standard Length 3,50 5,50 4,388 0,470 0,134 0,009 4,523 4,254
2 Fork Length 3,80 6,10 4,794 0,527 0,151 0,012 4,944 4,643
3 Total Length 4,10 6,80 5,332 0,571 0,163 0,014 5,495 5,169
4 Body Weight 1,00 3,46 1,612 0,561 0,160 0,013 1,772 1,451
5 Head length 0,90 1,50 1,107 0,140 0,040 0,001 1,148 1,067
6 Preorbital distance 0,20 35,0 1,096 5,054 1,445 1,065 2,541 -0,349
7 Eye diameter 0,20 0,40 0,304 0,043 0,012 0,000 0,316 0,292
8 Postorbital distance 0,30 0,70 0,481 0,095 0,027 0,000 0,508 0,454
9 Head depth 0,60 1,30 0,862 0,147 0,042 0,001 0,904 0,820
10 Predorsal distance 2,00 3,00 2,354 0,261 0,075 0,003 2,429 2,280
11 Prepelvic distance 1,30 3,70 2,328 0,374 0,107 0,006 2,435 2,221
12 Preanal distance 2,20 4,30 3,173 0,382 0,109 0,006 3,283 3,064
13 Pectoral fin - pelvic fin distance 0,70 1,50 1,112 0,186 0,053 0,001 1,165 1,058
14 Pelvic fin - anal fin distance 0,60 1,30 0,948 0,163 0,046 0,001 0,994 0,901
15 Body depth 0,90 1,90 1,145 0,199 0,057 0,002 1,201 1,088
16 Dorsal fin (anterior end) – anal fin distance 0,80 2,10 1,389 0,259 0,074 0,003 1,463 1,315
17 Dorsal fin (posterior end) – anal fin distance 0,70 1,70 1,026 0,230 0,066 0,002 1,091 0,960
18 Postdorsal distance 0,90 2,30 1,694 0,303 0,087 0,004 1,780 1,607
19 Postanal distance 0,70 1,30 1,023 0,152 0,043 0,001 1,067 0,980
20 Caudal peduncle length (dorsal) 0,70 2,20 1,557 0,318 0,091 0,004 1,648 1,467
21 Caudal peduncle length (ventral) 0,12 1,50 0,910 0,189 0,054 0,001 0,964 0,856
22 Caudal peduncle depth, 0,16 0,70 0,463 0,106 0,030 0,000 0,493 0,433
23 Dorsal fin base length 0,20 1,20 0,545 0,150 0,043 0,001 0,588 0,502
24 Anal fin base fin length 0,10 0,60 0,353 0,099 0,028 0,000 0,382 0,325
25 Pectoral fin length 0,30 1,00 0,671 0,159 0,046 0,001 0,717 0,626
26 Pelvic fin length 0,40 1,00 0,633 0,140 0,040 0,001 0,673 0,593
27 Caudal upper lobe length 0,60 1,40 1,022 0,186 0,053 0,001 1,076 0,969
28 Caudal fork length 0,40 1,10 0,586 0,136 0,039 0,001 0,625 0,547
29 Caudal lower lobe length 0,70 1,40 1,028 0,179 0,051 0,001 1,079 0,976
30 Dorsal fin length 0,50 1,10 0,937 0,132 0,038 0,001 0,975 0,899
31 Anal fin length 0,20 1,10 0,632 0,179 0,051 0,001 0,683 0,581
32 Gape 0,10 0,60 0,274 0,111 0,032 0,001 0,306 0,243

Table 1: Morphometric characters of P. parva specimens.

In this study we found difference even between populations from the other water systems. The top mouth gudgeon is considered to be a species with great morphological variability [18,21]. Standard Length (SL) of 47 individuals ranged from 3.50 cm to 5.50 cm. The SL of the whole top mouth gudgeon population ranged from 9.26 mm to 81.89 mm in Lichenskie Lake [21]. For the length – weight relationships, fork lengths between 2.4 cm and 11.8 cm [23]. The length of the specimens caught in Kuchki Pond varied from 27.8 mm to 58.1 mm, weight varied from 0.4 g to 3.2 g [24].

The difference may be caused by differences in morphological features of the species and habitats. In general, top mouth gudgeon populations show considerable variation in external morphology, which is not only evident in European populations but also in its native range [25]. It would be expected that populations from different latitudes and/or habitats show significant morphological variability, but differences were also found between populations from the same region [5]. This variability can be expressed not only in the formation of different adult phenotypes but also in the manner with which the phenotypes are achieved. In general, the temperature regime has a considerable influence on life histories and extreme temperatures are known to affect various traits, from morphology [26].

P. parva indivuduals prefers wide, varied environments with abundant food sources, in shallow regions and regions with dense vegetation [27]. It was reported that P. parva transmits fatal disease to native fish fauna, limits the reproduction of the endangered native fish species, and influences the decline of native fish species [10].

In this paper, we report first occurrence from Süreyyabey Dam Lake in Yeşilırmak basin. This paper describes the area where this fish were found and recorded morphometric data of the population. Findings obtained in this study are very important because the previous studies about the morphometric properties of P. parva have not been found. It is considered that the data obtained in this study will also contribute to future studies.

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