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Environmental variables and occurrence of 13 fish species

Citation

Sutela, Tapio; Vehanen, Teppo; Jounela, Pekka; Aroviita, Jukka (2022), Environmental variables and occurrence of 13 fish species, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.6t1g1jwzp

Abstract

Species-environment relationships were studied between the occurrence of 13 fish and lamprey species and 9 mainly map-based environmental variables of Finnish boreal small streams. A self-organizing map (SOM) analysis showed strong relationships between the fish species and environmental variables in a single model (explained variance 55.9%). Besides basic environmental variables such as altitude, catchment size, and mean temperature, landcover variables were also explored. A logistic regression analysis indicated that the occurrence probability of brown trout, Salmo trutta L., decreased with an increasing percentage of peatland ditch drainage in the upper catchment. Ninespine stickleback, Pungitius pungitius (L.), and three-spined stickleback, Gasterosteus aculeatus L., seemed to benefit from urban areas in the upper catchment. Discovered relationships between fish species occurrence and land-use attributes are encouraging for the development of fish-based bioassessment for small streams. The presented ordination of the fish species in the mean temperature gradient will help in predicting fish community responses to climate change.

Methods

Electrofishing data from small Finnish streams were gathered mainly from a national database.