Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Transactions of the American Fisheries Society

Volume

126

Issue

4

Publisher

American Fisheries Society

Publication Date

1997

First Page

687

Last Page

698

DOI

10.1577/1548-8659(1997)126<0687:GASOCS>2.3.CO;2

Abstract

Growth and adult survival rates were estimated for the endangered Colorado squawfish Ptychocheilus lucius inhabiting the upper Colorado River by using data from fish captured during 1990–1995. Mean annual growth rates of fish aged 3–6 years ranged from 32.2 (age 6) to 82.0 (age 3) mm/year. Growth rates for older fish were highest for fish 400–449 mm total length, TL, (42.7 mm/year) and declined to 19.8 mm/year for fish 500–549 mm TL. Fish 550 mm and longer grew an average 9.5 mm/year. Survival rates for fish 550 mm and longer were estimated by comparing measured size distributions with simulated stable age and size distributions; these ranged from 0.83–0.87, with the best fit at 0.85. Though lack of historical data precludes comparisons with past growth and survival rates, our data serve as a baseline for future population monitoring efforts.

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