Trophic Interactions of Two Ponto-Caspian Gobies in the Turkish Part of Their Native Range


TARKAN A. S. , Karakus U., Tepekoy E. G. , Top N., YALÇIN ÖZDİLEK Ş. , Partal N., ...Daha Fazla

TURKISH JOURNAL OF FISHERIES AND AQUATIC SCIENCES, cilt.18, ss.1279-1286, 2018 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 18 Konu: 11
  • Basım Tarihi: 2018
  • Doi Numarası: 10.4194/1303-2712-v18_11_04
  • Dergi Adı: TURKISH JOURNAL OF FISHERIES AND AQUATIC SCIENCES
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.1279-1286

Özet

Several Ponto-Caspian gobiids have expanded from their native distribution ranges to Europe and North America. As knowledge on their bio-ecological features in their native range is still limited, the trophic ecology of monkey goby Neogobius fluviatilis and Western tubenose goby Proterorhinus semilunaris was studied in three natural lakes in the Marmara Region of NW Turkey using the stable isotopes of delta C-13 and delta N-15. In two of the lakes, the trophic niches ( as the isotopic niche) of the gobies were highly divergent with co-existing native fishes, with no overlap. Moreover, mixing models suggests considerable inter-specific dietary differences. In all lakes, the trophic niches of gobies were never significantly larger than those of coexisting fishes. These results suggest that when introduced outside of their natural range, the gobies might integrate into new fish communities via exploiting resources that are underexploited by native fishes or will initially share resources with these species before their niches diverge, perhaps through competitive displacement.