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SILVA, Juliano Pilotto Abelardino da; MUELBERT, Adriane Esquivel; OLIVEIRA, Elton Celton de and FAVARO, Luís Fernando. Reproductive tactics used by the Lambari Astyanax aff. fasciatus in three water supply reservoirs in the same geographic region of the upper Iguaçu River. Neotrop. ichthyol. [online]. 2010, vol.8, n.4, pp. 885-892. ISSN 1679-6225. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1679-62252010000400019.
The species Astyanax aff. fasciatus was investigated as regards differences in reproductive tactics in three reservoirs with different ages (Iraí, Piraquara and Passaúna) located in the same geographic region. The biological material was obtained through monthly collections carried out from july/2006 to june/2007. The average value of the gonadosomatic index (GSI) in Passaúna reservoir was significantly higher in relation to the values obtained in the other reservoirs. Spawning was total in Iraí reservoir and partial in the others. Allometric growth of the species was negative in Iraí reservoir and positive in the others. The highest condition factor value was estimated in Iraí reservoir, followed by Piraquara and Passaúna reservoirs, respectively. Females predominated in all of the reservoirs during the study period. The sex ratio per length class showed, for the three reservoirs, the predominance of males in the smaller length classes. These results verified that the species uses distinct reproductive tactics in the analyzed reservoirs and that these tactics seem to reflect the degree of stabilization of each environment.
Keywords : Characidae; Succession; Spawning; Condition factors; Sex ratio.