A1 Journal article (refereed)
Impacts of reduced Lepidurus arcticus availability on brown trout life history traits in a mountain reservoir (2020)

Lakka, H.-K., Eloranta, A. P., Hesthagen, T., Saksgård, R., & Power, M. (2020). Impacts of reduced Lepidurus arcticus availability on brown trout life history traits in a mountain reservoir. Aquatic Sciences, 82(4), Article 78. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00027-020-00751-x

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All authors or editors: Lakka, Hanna-Kaisa; Eloranta, Antti P.; Hesthagen, Trygve; Saksgård, Randi; Power, Michael

Journal or series: Aquatic Sciences

ISSN: 1015-1621

eISSN: 1420-9055

Publication year: 2020

Publication date: 04/09/2020

Volume: 82

Issue number: 4

Article number: 78

Publisher: Springer

Publication country: Switzerland

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00027-020-00751-x

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/71673


Lepidurus arcticus (the Arctic tadpole shrimp) is a vulnerable keystone species in Arctic and alpine water bodies where its occurrence and population size may influence the viability and life history traits of resident salmonids. Using data from a Norwegian mountain hydropower reservoir, Aursjoen, we illustrate how reduced availability of L. arcticus as prey resulted in the reduced condition, growth and delayed maturation of resident brown trout (Salmo trutta). We further link changes in the relative abundance of L. arcticus as prey to changing reservoir conditions, e.g. water level changes in the spring period, thereby establishing an indirect link between reservoir operation regimes and brown trout population traits. While no evidence for decreased brown trout survival was found, the results indicate that alternative brown trout prey resources, i.e. the small chydorid cladoceran Eurycercus lamellatus, do not appear to have successfully offset the caloric loss from reduced consumption of large-sized L. arcticus. Although the fundamental explanation for the observed L. arcticus collapse remains largely unknown, the present findings provide strong evidence that this vulnerable crustacean species can affect the abundance, viability and life history traits of valued resident salmonid populations in oligotrophic alpine lakes and reservoirs exposed to climate- and hydropower-driven changes in water levels and temperature.

Keywords: trout; nutrition; Crustacea; population dynamics; reservoirs; regulation of water systems

Free keywords: Branchiopoda; crustaceans; hydropower reservoir; keystone species; nutrition; prey availability

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Reporting Year: 2020

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