Title

Alternative reproductive tactics, an overlooked source of life history variation in the invasive round goby

Author ORCID Identifier

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2729-928X

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2019

Publication Title

Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

Volume

76

Issue

9

First Page

1562

Last Page

1570

DOI

10.1139/cjfas-2018-0340

Abstract

© 2019, Canadian Science Publishing. All rights reserved. Alternative reproductive tactics (ARTs) can generate considerable within-species life history variation but are often overlooked. Here, we use the invasive round goby (Neogobius melanostomus) to address a number of ecological and evolutionary questions about ARTs. Making use of a 12-year, multisite Laurentian Great Lakes data set, we show that the guarder male tactic was twice as common as the sneaker male tactic but that nonreproductive males were the most common morph. The ratio of guarder to sneaker males did not vary spatially despite a wide range of resource densities across sites. Guarders and sneakers spanned similar age ranges, suggesting that the ARTs are nonsequentially expressed. Based on short-term (gut contents) diet analyses, both reproductive tactics consumed fewer types of food and tended to consume fewer items overall when compared with nonreproductive males. Long-term (isotope) diet analyses showed that guarder males fed at a higher trophic level (higher δ15N) and had a broader isotopic niche. Our results show that ARTs are an important aspect of this invasive species’ breeding system and should be accounted for when assessing and managing populations.

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