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6 January 2023 Ecological Aspects of the Pirate Perch (Aphredoderus Sayanus) in East Texas Streams
Valerie Castillo, Jake Swanson, Carmen G. Montaña
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Aphredoderus sayanus (Pirate Perch) is a cryptic fish species inhabiting rivers throughout the eastern United States. We sampled Pirate Perch across 16 streams in 4 river basins (Trinity, Neches, Sabine, and Cypress) within east Texas to examine their relative abundance, habitat associations, and to describe their diet and reproductive biology. Ninety-five individuals were collected across all river basins, with streams within the Neches River containing the highest number of occurrences. Instream habitat conditions varied among basins, with major differences reflected by flow regimes, water depth, and substrate diversity. Pirate Perch were primarily associated with streams having lentic flows, shallow waters that contained woody structures, and substrates dominated by leaf litter and detritus. Insectivory was confirmed for the species. Microplastics were also documented for the first time in their stomach contents. Maximum fecundity was 2161 eggs, and ova development indicated multiple clutches of eggs during their reproductive period.

Valerie Castillo, Jake Swanson, and Carmen G. Montaña "Ecological Aspects of the Pirate Perch (Aphredoderus Sayanus) in East Texas Streams," Southeastern Naturalist 21(4), 299-315, (6 January 2023).
Published: 6 January 2023
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