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Neotropical Ichthyology

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GUBIANI, Éder André; GOMES, Luiz Carlos  and  AGOSTINHO, Angelo Antonio. Estimates of population parameters and consumption/biomass ratio for fishes in reservoirs, Paraná State, Brazil. Neotrop. ichthyol. [online]. 2012, vol.10, n.1, pp. 177-188. ISSN 1679-6225.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1679-62252012000100017.

Consumption, natural mortality, and growth are important parameters for the construction for both fisheries and ecosystems models. We estimated k (growth constant of the von Bertalanffy's function), Loo 1(asymptotic length), Woo (asymptotic weight), Ar (caudal fin index), M (natural mortality), and Q/B (consumption/biomass ratio) for several fish species inhabiting reservoirs. We explored possible relationships among these parameters for 135 fish species sampled in thirty reservoirs in the State of Paraná, southern Brazil. Maximum length (Lmax) varied from 2.60 to 79.00 cm, Loo from 2.73 to 85.05 cm, Woo from 0.23 to 9,490.26 g, k from 0.01 to 2.38 yr-1, Ar from 0.03 to 3.60, M from 0.16 to 2.82 yr-1, and Q/B from 3.31 to 67.18. Significant correlations were observed between most pairs of parameters, except for Ar and k, Ar and Loo , and for M and Q/B. The estimates presented here may be useful for constructing Ecopath models, both in Brazil and other tropical regions, where the use of ecosystem modeling is growing.

Keywords : Ecosystem approach; Lentic ecosystems; Population's variables.

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