US Long-Term Ecological Research Network
North Temperate Lakes LTER: Fish Species Richness 1981 - current

Abstract

This data set is a derived data set based on fish catch data. Data are collected annually to enable us to track the fish assemblages of eleven primary lakes (Allequash, Big Muskellunge, Crystal, Sparkling, Trout, bog lakes 27-02 [Crystal Bog] and 12-15 [Trout Bog], Mendota, Monona, Wingra and Fish). Sampling on Lakes Monona, Wingra, and Fish started in 1995; sampling on other lakes started in 1981. Sampling is done at six littoral zone sites per lake with seine, minnow, or crayfish traps, and fyke nets; a boat-mounted electrofishing system samples four littoral transects. Vertically hung gill nets are used to obtain two pelagic samples per lake from the deepest point. A trammel net samples across the thermocline at two sites per lake. In the bog lakes only fyke nets and minnow traps are deployed. Parameters measured include species-level identification and lengths for all fish caught, and weight and scale samples from a subset. Derived data sets include species richness, catch per unit effort, and size distribution by species, lake, and year. Species richness for a lake is the number of fish species caught in that lake during the annual fish sampling. Hybrids captured are only included in the richness value if neither of the two hybridized species are caught in the lake that year. Fish idenitified only to genus or higher taxonomic level are not included if any fish identified to species within that genus or higher taxonomic level are caught. E.g., Unidentified Chub would be only included in the richness value if no other chub is caught in that lake that year. Sampling Frequency: annually Number of sites: 11
Note that 2020 data does not exist due to insufficient sampling.
Dataset ID
245

Data Citation Suggestion

N. Lead PI, J. Magnuson, S. Carpenter, and E. Stanley. 2020. North Temperate Lakes LTER: Fish Species Richness 1981 - current ver 23. Environmental Data Initiative. https://doi.org/10.6073/pasta/dd290e862563c3f16edcb67552113d42. Accessed 2021-06-13.

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North Temperate Lakes LTER: Fish Species Richness