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Clifford S. Riebe, Leonard S. Sklar, Brandon T. Overstreet and John K. Wooster Optimal reproduction in salmon spawning substrates linked to grain size and fish length Water Resources Research 50

Version of Record online: 5 FEB 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/2013WR014231

Key Points

  • Usable spawning area is predicted from salmon length and grain-size distribution
  • Bigger salmon move larger sediment, produce more eggs, and build bigger redds
  • Tradeoffs of fish size and redd building give moderate-sized fish an advantage

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