MIRANDA Leandro Andres
Influence of climate variations on Chascomús shallow lake thermal conditions and its consequences on the reproductive ecology of the Argentinian Silverside (Odontesthes Bonariensis - Actinopterygii, Atherinopsidae). Hydrobiologia, 752: 155-166.
ELISIO M; VITALE A; MIRANDA LA
Lugar: Berlin; Año: 2015 vol. 752 p. 155 - 155
It is well known that water temperature directly affect fish reproduction. The aim of the present study was to develop a predictive model to determine water temperature conditions on a typical Pampas shallow lake (Chascomús, 35º 36´ S, 58º 02´ W) from local climate variables (specifically air temperature and rainfall). In addition, this model was used to assess the variability of local climate and water temperature conditions in this lake over the last 47 years, and predict possible effects on pejerrey reproductive phenology. The temperature model showed a good fit demonstrating a direct influence of the local climate into the lake water temperature. As consequence of a demonstrated warming in Chascomús County, an average increase of 1.4 ºC was evident in Chascomús lake over the analyzed period, which was mainly due to a thermal increase during the warmer seasons (spring, summer and autumn). This pattern of warming drove to a shortening in the pejerrey spawning season length, estimating a decrease of 19 days over the period of 47 years. Thus, this study showed that a tight association between the climate variability and the change in fish reproductive phenology can occur in species inhabiting shallow lakes.