Predation By the Nonnative Rainbow Trout, Oncorhynchus Mykiss (Walbaum, 1792), on the Native Biota from Freshwater Environment of the Central Andes (Argentina)

Juan Manuel Rios
2021 Transylvanian Review of Systematical and Ecological Research  
This study aimed to examine the impact of the nonnative rainbow trout Oncorhynchus mykiss on the native biota that inhabits freshwater environments of the central Andes, Argentina. To assess the predation pressure on native Andean vertebrates and invertebrates, the stomach contents were taken from rainbow trout caught at three Andean sites. Results showed that the major prey items were the native torrent catfish Hatcheria macraei (100% in diet), Elmidae coleopterans (23%), and the native crab
more » ... gla affinis (38%) in the rainbow trout stomachs collected from Cipolletti Dam (North zone), Yaucha River (Middle zone), and Vaina Stream (South zone), respectively. This preliminary study exhibits the predation pressure of the rainbow trout on native Andean species and suggests that policies are necessary to control the release of fry of this exotic salmonid in the Andes region.
doi:10.2478/trser-2021-0005 fatcat:4dbxbf4a6vfi7ors6xlk7qhlje