Coregonines (ciscoes and whitefishes) are economically, ecologically, and culturally important fishes that are distributed throughout the Northern Hemisphere. In the Laurentian Great Lakes, coregonines declined throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, and managers have prioritized their restoration. A key restoration tool is reintroduction via stocking. However, hatchery-reared coregonines can display different morphologies than wild fish, which could affect their fitness. Unfortunately, our understanding of these differences is limited because previous work did not adequately remove allometric effects in morphological analyses. We compared morphologies between wild and hatchery-reared Bloater (Coregonus hoyi) from the same stock using appropriate size corrections. Hatchery-reared fish had shorter heads, shorter dorsal fins, and shallower bodies than wild fish. Moreover, some characters differed across wild fish collections. Our results improve our understanding of how artificial rearing can impact coregonine morphology, and we recommend future studies on what causes these differences and whether they impact fitness.
|Title||Morphological differences between wild and hatchery-reared Bloater (Coregonus hoyi) from Lake Michigan, USA|
|Authors||Andrew Edgar Honsey, Yu-Chun Kao, Christopher Olds, David Bunnell|
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Series Title||Fisheries Management and Ecology|
|Record Source||USGS Publications Warehouse|
|USGS Organization||Great Lakes Science Center|