Movement and Activity Patterns


in The Ecology of Marine Fishes

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9780520246539
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932470 | DOI:
Movement and Activity Patterns

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This chapter discusses the movement and activity pattern of California fishes. There are a number of good examples that suggest that fishes most closely associated with complex habitats tend to move less than those more loosely associated with habitat; however, there also appears to be a large amount of variability in behavior between species and individuals. Nevertheless, the general differences in movements are likely associated with energetic tradeoffs between finding food and mates, and avoiding predation or unsuitable abiotic conditions. In addition, many of the same tradeoffs have likely influenced the evolution of activity patterns seen in marine fishes. Because of the economic importance of many marine fishes in California, the need to understand fish behavior has increased, particularly for its application in resource and fisheries management.

Keywords: California fishes; energetic tradeoffs; marine fishes; fisheries management; resource management; avoiding predation

Chapter.  25192 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aquatic Biology

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