Density-independent growth of floodplain river channel catfish Ictalurus punctatus


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This study investigated the relative influence of biotic and abiotic factors on the growth of channel catfish Ictalurus punctatus in seven Mississippi floodplain rivers. The results indicate that growth was density-independent, being defined largely by abiotic conditions.