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Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 2019, Vol 19, Num, 3     (Pages: 231-239)

Effects of Stream Damming on Morphological Variability of Fish: Case Study on Large Spot Barbell Barbus balcanicus

Nataša Radojković 1 ,Zoran Marinović 2 ,Aleksandra Milošković 1 ,Milena Radenković 1 ,Simona Đuretanović 1 ,Jelena Lujić 3 ,Vladica Simić 1

1 University of Kragujevac, Institute of Biology and Ecology, Faculty of ScienceRadoja Domanovida 12, 34 000 Kragujevac, Serbia
2 University of Novi Sad, Department of Biology and Ecology, Faculty of Sciences, Trg Dositeja Obradovida 3, 21000 Novi Sad, Serbia and Szent István University, Department of Aquaculture, Gödöllő, Páter Károly u. 1, 2100 Hungary
3 Szent István University, Department of Aquaculture, Gödöllő, Páter Károly u. 1, 2100 Hungary
DOI : 10.4194/1303-2712-v19_03_06 Viewed : 460 - Downloaded : 376 In the present study, landmark-based geometric morphometrics was applied to compare and visualize the overall size and shape variation, sexual size and shape dimorphism of the species Barbus balcanicus Kotlík, Tsigenopoulos, Ráb & Berrebi from different fragmented localities. The body shape of the fish was significantly different both for sex and locality. Also, body size significantly differed between sexes, with females being generally larger than males. This study also proved significant differences in body shape between populations from different localities. Considering that the environmental conditions of the localities were not greatly different from each other, the morphological divergence that was observed may be partly attributed to stream damming, which acts as a stressor, permanently altering the systems and shifting them into new ecological frameworks. Keywords : Body shape, Geometric morphometrics, Large spot barbell