Domesticated brown trout Salmo trutta parr were subjected to increased, variable flow under controlled experimental conditions. Using geometric morphometric analyses, Kmean (a mass–length index) and caudal fin area–body length ratio, this study assessed morphological responses in lateral body depth, growth and robustness and propulsive potential, respectively, of parr over the course of 32 weeks. Geometric morphometric analyses did not reveal an effect of exercise on either lateral body depth or caudal fin area. However, improved overall robustness and growth trajectories in exercised parr showed a positive adaptive response to the enriched habitat. Exercise and habitat heterogeneity thus have the potential to improve survivability of domesticated salmonids in the wild.
|Journal||Journal of Fish Biology|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Aug 2018|
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