Reproductive ecology and diet of a persistent Ameiurus melas (Rafinesque, 1820) population in the UK
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The black bullhead Ameiurus melas was introduced to Europe from North America in the early 20th Century and invasive populations are now present in many European countries (Novomeska et al., 2013). Their invasion is assisted by their traits of high reproductive output, parental care, omnivory, aggressive behaviour and tolerance to environ- mental parameters (e.g. Leunda et al., 2008; Novomeska et al., 2013). In the UK, however, they are not invasive, with only a single, persistent wild population believed to be present (Britton et al., 2010). The lag phase – the time period between the introduction of a species and an invasion developing – can be considerable for non-native fishes. For many species, its cessation requires a change in environmental conditions and/or the provision of a new dispersal opportunity (Fausch, 2007).