Evaluation of morphology and secondary sexual characteristics of the bluntnose minnow: evidence of estrogenic compound exposure?ABSTRACT. Estrogenic compounds are known to cause physiological and behavioral changes in fish. Point sources of estrogenic compounds include wastewater treatment plants, combined sewer overflows, and agricultural operations. The West Fork of White River in Delaware County, Indiana is impacted by all three potential point sources of estrogenic compounds. The objective of this study was to evaluate the presence of estrogenic compounds in the West Fork of White River using morphological measurements of bluntnose minnow (Pimephales notatus). Fish were sampled using a tote-barge electrofishing unit at five sites on White River and one site on Cabin Creek. After collection, fish were evaluated for sex, total length, total weight, widest head width, interocular distance, gonadosomatic index, gonad weight, egg count, tubercle count, and tubercle score. A total of 346 bluntnose minnows was collected between 25 May and 6 June, 2010. Minimal differences were found between White River and Cabin Creek sites. When evaluating sites only on White River, males were found to have a 31.3% lower tubercle count and 37.5% lower tubercle score at the most downstream site when compared to the most upstream site. Our data suggest that the West Fork of White River is receiving estrogenic compounds from the combined sewer overflows and the Muncie Water Pollution Control Facility, an activated sludge wastewater treatment plant.
Keywords: Rivers, combined sewer overflows, trace organic compounds, wastewater treatment facility
Trace organic compounds are emerging contaminants that have drawn the attention of international agencies (U.S. EPA 1998; OECD 2000). Point sources of ECs include wastewater treatment plants (Purdom et al. 1994), combined sewer overflows (CSOs) (Wilkison et al. 2002), and agricultural operations (Orlando et al. 2004). One of the major concerns of ECs in surface waters is they can alter physiological functions in wildlife (Tyler et al. 1998).
Estrogenic compounds at very low concentrations have been known to disrupt the endocrine system of many animals (e.g., nanogram/L). Environmental effects of ECs on fish include physiological and behavioral changes. For example, estrogen-exposed male fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas) exhibit a reduced competitive advantage over non-exposed fish during spawning (Martinovic et al. 2007). Additionally, exposure to ECs has been shown to alter agonistic behavior in mature male fish (Ros et al. 2004). Differences in morphological characteristics and suppressed development of secondary sexual characteristics have also been linked to exposure to ECs (Jobling et al. 1996; Miles-Richardson et al. 1999; Angus et al. 2002; Hassanin et al. 2002; Brian et al. 2007); with the most well known outcome of exposure to ECs being intersex fish (Jobling et al. 1998; Blazer et al. 2007).
Estrogenic compounds remain unregulated in the surface waters of the U.S. Regardless, the extent of environmental ECs must be identified to more accurately describe the effects on all forms of life. The West Fork of White River (hereafter called White River) in Delaware County, Indiana provides an ideal situation to study the potential effects of ECs. This area is located near the headwaters of White River and includes a 64 km segment upstream of the city of Muncie that is primarily influenced by extensive agriculture, including combined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) with only minor urbanization. Within Muncie city limits the river is exposed to urbanization pressures such as CSOs and the Muncie Water Pollution Control Facility (MWPCF) effluent. The MWPCF is a conventional activated sludge treatment plant rated at 24 MGD and discharges into White River at river kilometer 501.5. On average the MWPCF discharges 12 MGD of effluent into White River.
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Certain methods exist to effectively identify the presence of ECs (e.g., male blood plasma vitellogenin or a suite of chemical analysis); however, it is more economical to conduct a preliminary analysis of less costly parameters such as secondary sexual characteristics and morphological features that are known to be affected by exposure to ECs.
The objective of this study was to determine the potential presence of ECs in White River by evaluating differences in morphological measurements and secondary sexual characteristics of the bluntnose minnow (Pimephales notatus).
Sample sites.--Bluntnose minnows were collected from five locations on White River in Delaware County and one location on Cabin Creek in Randolph County (Fig. 1). Cabin Creek (CAB-0.8) in Randolph County represents a control site and is assumed to be minimally influenced by ECs. Of the White River sites, one site (WR-513.1) is located upstream of Muncie and represented the site on White River least impacted by urbanization. This site provides a reference of condition before city limits (Table 1). However, this site is impacted by agricultural operations and potentially exposed to ECs. Three White River sites were located within city limits (WR-509.0, WR-506.6, & WR-504.4) (Table 1). Each of these sites was selected for their proximity to the three most active CSOs in Muncie. Combined sewer overflow activity was measured with ISCO flow meters from 2007 through 2008. Flow at each site is recorded every 15 minutes. The fifth White River site (WR-496.5) was located downstream of the city of Muncie and reflected the cumulative impact of urbanization (CSOs & MWPCF effluent) and agricultural activity (Table 1). Site CAB-0.8 is not impacted by any known CAFOs although row crop agriculture could be contributing estrogen mimics (McDaniel et al. 2008). Therefore, CAB-0.8 is assumed to be minimally impacted by environmental ECs. Movement of fish between sample sites was not measured; however, movement is assumed to be minimal or non-existent due to the multiple low-head dams located throughout the city limits (Fig. 1).
Fish collection.--Fish were collected with a Smith-Root pulsed DC electrofishing tote-barge (using 2-3 amps and 30 pulses per second). Sampling at each site was conducted until a representative sample size was obtained. All bluntnose minnows [greater than or equal to] 40 mm in total length (TL) were collected and immediately placed on ice and transported to the laboratory for analysis. Only one site was sampled in a given day. Fish were separated by sex (as determined by dissection and visual examination of gonads) and measured for total length (TL, measured to the nearest 1 mm), total weight (TW, 0.01 grams), widest head width (HW, 1 ram), interocular distance (ID, 1 mm), and gonad weight (GW, 0.001 grams). Additional measurements for males included tubercle count (TC) and tubercle score (TS). The TS is a qualitative measurement of tubercle size (U.S. EPA 2002). Each tubercle is mapped as a matrix and given a value of 0 to 3 to reflect developed stage of the tubercle; 0 being absent and 3 being fully developed. All values are then summed to give one total TS for each individual. Fecundity was determined by the number of eggs for each female (EC). Ovaries were removed and preserved in modified Gilson's fluid for later analysis. Eggs were counted individually within two weeks of removal from each ovary. Finally the gonadosomatic index (GSI) (Strange 1996) was calculated for males and females. All measurements followed methods developed for and used with the closely related fathead minnow for determination of exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (U.S. EPA 2002; Orlando et al. 2004).
Data analysis.--Analyses were conducted with the dataset separated by sex. All variables were modeled using a generalized linear model framework with multiple error distributions. Different error distributions were considered to ensure a more accurate model to describe the dependent variables. Total weight, HW, ID, GW and GSI were modeled with an error distribution of normal with identity link, lognormal with the identity link, and gamma with inverse link. Count variables (TC, TS, and EC) were modeled with an error distribution of normal with identity link, log-normal with identity link, Poisson with log link, and negative binomial with log link. The final model and error distribution used for data interpretation of each independent variable was chosen based on Akaike's information criterion (AIC) (Lindsey & Jones 1998; Dick 2004). The model with the lowest AIC value is considered the best model. The change in AIC is reported, therefore, values of 0 indicate the lowest AIC. All independent variables are highly correlated to TL therefore TL was included as a fixed effect to account for the variability due to length. To test for differences among site a categorical variable was included as a fixed effect in each model to designate sample site. All models evaluated the site effect in reference to CAB-0.8, the control site, and WR-513.1 on White River without Cabin Creek to establish a linear gradient of antrthopogenic influences on White River only.
Models were fit in the R statistical package version 2.10.1 (R Development Core Team 2009). The glm procedure used for fitting the generalized linear models is available in the stats package. Significance was set at P < 0.05 for all analyses.
A total of 346 bluntnose minnow, 169 males and 177 females, was collected between 25 May and 6 June, 2010. Males had significantly longer TL (t = -5.59, df = 344, P < 0.001), greater TW (t = -6.64, df = 344, P < 0.001), wider HW (t = -7.22, df = 344, P < 0.001) and wider ID (t = -7.45, df = 344, P < 0.001) than females (Table 2 & Table 3).
Sites Compared to CAB-0.8
Male.--Five out of the six candidate models describing male morphological measurements and secondary sexual characteristics obtained a better fit with the log-normal error distribution for all sample sites (Table 4). The change in AIC values indicated the log-normal error model for TW, HW, and ID provided a much better fit than the normal and gamma error distributions. Similarly, the change in AIC values indicate the log-normal error distribution is preferred over the normal, Poisson, and negative binomial error distributions when describing male TC and TS. Change in AIC values also indicated the gamma error distribution was the preferred model to describe GW while the normal error distribution was the preferred model to describe GSI.
The intercept and TL were a significant effect in all models describing male morphological measurements and secondary sexual characteristics (Table 5). Compared to CAB-0.8, bluntnose minnows exhibited significantly lower TW and smaller HW at WR-496.5, WR-506.6, and WR-513.1. The coefficient for the other White River sites were negative but were not significant. Fish from WR-506.6 also exhibited significantly smaller ID and GW when modeling with a log-normal and gamma error distribution while no differences were found in GW with the normal error distribution. There were also no significant differences in GSI with the normal or gamma error distribution. Finally, TC was significantly higher at WR-513.1.
Female. Four out of the six candidate models describing female morphological measurements obtained a better fit with the lognormal error distribution for all sample sites (Table 6). Similar to males the change in AIC values indicated the log-normal error model for TW, HW, and ID provided a better fit than the normal and gamma error distributions. Similarly, the change in AIC values indicate the lognormal error distribution is preferred over the normal, Poisson, and negative binomial error distributions when describing female EC. Change in AIC values also indicated the normal error distribution was the preferred model to describe female GW and GSI.
Total length was a significant effect in all models while the intercept was significant in all models except GSI (Table 7). Female bluntnose minnows weighed significantly less at WR-496.5, WR-504.4, and WR-513.1 when compared to CAB-0.8. Similarly, HW was significantly less at WR-506.6 and WR-513.1. Interocular distance was not significantly different between the White River sites and CAB-0.8. Gonad weight and GSI was significantly less at all White River sites. Finally, EC was significantly less at WR-496.5, WR 509.0, and WR-513.1 when compared to Cabin Creek.
Sites Compared to WR-513.1
Male.--When modeling only White River sites, five out of the seven candidate models describing male morphological measurements and secondary sexual characteristics obtained a better fit with the log-normal error distribution (Table 8). The change in AIC values indicated the log-normal error model for TW, HW, and ID provided a much better fit than the normal and gamma error distributions. Similarly, the change in AIC values indicate the log-normal error distribution is preferred over the normal, Poisson, and negative binomial error distributions when describing male TC and TS. Change in AIC values also indicated the gamma error distribution was the preferred model to describe GW and GSI.
The intercept and TL were a significant effect in all models describing male morphological measurements and secondary sexual characteristics in White River (Table 9). Compared to WR-513.1 bluntnose minnows exhibited significantly higher TW at WR-504.4 and WR-509.0. Male bluntnose minnows also had a longer HW at WR-496.5, WR-504.4, and WR-509.0 while the HW was significantly shorter at WR-506.6. The ID of male bluntnose minnow was also significantly shorter at WR-506.6. Tubercle count and TS was significantly smaller at the most downstream site, WR-496.5, and WR-509.0. For any given length the average tubercle count at WR-496.5 was 31.3% (model coefficient * 100) less than WR-513.1. Similarly, the average TS for any given length was 37.5% less at WR-496.5 compared to WR-513.1.
Female.--The same error distributions were selected for only White River sites as with all sites compared to CAB-0.8. The log-normal error distribution was the best model to describe TW, HW, ID, and EC while the normal error distribution was the preferred model to describe GW and GSI (Table 10).
The intercept and TL were a significant effect in all models describing female morphological measurements and secondary sexual characteristics (Table 11). Female TW was significantly greater at WR-506.6 and WR-509.0 compared to WR-513.1. Head width was also significantly greater at all sites except WR-506.6 compared to WR-513.1. Interocular distance was greater at WR-509.0 and EC was greater at WR-504.4 and WR-506.6 compared to WR-513.1. Gonad weight and GSI were not significantly different among sample sites.
The number of potential ECs and estrogen mimics that have been found in surface waters of the U.S. is quite extensive (Sonnenschein & Soto 1998). It is not only important to evaluate the presence of common ECs (i.e., 17[beta]-estradiol) but the cumulative impact of all ECs and its mimics should also be evaluated. The synergistic effects of ECs have been successfully evaluated using a variety of biological endpoints (Folmar et al. 1996; Denslow et al. 1999; Miles-Richardson 1999; Harries et al. 2000; Jones et al. 2000; Bringolf & Summerfelt 2003). Many of these field and laboratory studies have used ubiquitous species such as common carp (Cyprinus carpio), fathead minnow, rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss), Japanese medaka (Oryzias latipes), and zebrafish (Danio rerio) (Tyler et al. 1996; Nilsen et al. 2004; Hassanin et al. 2002). While these species are ubiquitous they may not be found in enough numbers to facilitate field research projects or local monitoring programs, or may not be present in specific habitats of interest within those ranges. Therefore, an alternative was to choose a species that is closely related to the fathead minnow and locally abundant. Due to the closely linked phylogeny of fathead minnow and bluntnose minnow, it is assumed that many of the physical reactions known to occur with the fathead minnow would also occur in the bluntnose minnow.
This study documented differences in morphological measurements and secondary sexual characteristics of bluntnose minnow that are known to be affected by exposure to ECs in other species. While this study could not identify the exact cause of the differences found it does suggest a more extensive study to identify the cause is warranted.
This study evaluated a gradient along White River as well as compared the findings of White River to that of a site on Cabin Creek, a stream which is thought to be minimally affected by ECs. Although, since this study did not evaluate water samples for the presence of any known ECs or estrogen mimics it is difficult to be certain that the Cabin Creek site was in fact not impacted by ECs. For the purposes of this study Cabin Creek is used as a reference to compare the findings of White River to a smaller tributary.
The upstream-downstream gradient on White River reflects sites that are impacted by two distinct sources. The most upstream site is impacted by agricultural activities including 25 CAFOs (IDEM 2009). The remaining sites downstream are influenced by progressively increasing urbanization pressures in addition to the upstream pressures. For example, the three sites within City limits are each located downstream of a CSO. Finally the most downstream site is subjected to the combined influences of all upstream sources as well as the effluent of the MWPCF.
The morphological and secondary sexual characteristic differences found in our study were similar to those found by others. For example, studies have reported reduced number and prominence of nuptial tubercles in male fathead minnows following exposure to 17[beta]-estradiol and other natural steroid estrogens (Miles-Richardson et al. 1999; Harries et al. 2000; Brian et al. 2007). Miles-Richardson et al. (1999) found a reduction in the size of nuptial tubercles following exposure to 17[beta]-estradiol for 14 days. Whereas Harries et al. (2000) documented a reduction in the number of nuptial tubercles after exposure to the highest concentrations of 4-nonylphenol (4-NP) during a three week exposure period. The chemical 4NP has been shown to be weakly active as an endocrine mimic compared with 17[beta]-estradiol (White et al. 1994). The present study found a similar response in the closely related bluntnose minnow. For example, the TC and TS at WH-496.5 was 31.3% and 37.5% smaller than that measured at WH-513.1. These two major findings, with the support of the literature, suggest that the cumulative impact of the MWPCF and CSOs may be leading to a substantial reduction in the secondary sexual characteristics of the bluntnose minnow through EC exposure.
While some of our findings agree with the published literature, we did document some discrepancy. Orlando et al. (2004) reported a smaller ID in both females and males from a site contaminated with ECs. This study only documented a significant difference between WR-506.6 and CAB-0.8, although it was a small difference. The remaining sites had a negative coefficient but not significant. Additionally, Orlando et al. (2004) reported reduced GW in male fathead minnow but no difference in female GW from a site contaminated with feedlot effluent when compared to a control site. Reduced male GSI and GW have also been reported in common carp collected at a site with high concentrations of 4-NP, bisphenol A and 17[beta]-estradiol (Hassanin et al. 2002). Our study did not detect a large difference in male GSI or GW while a significant difference was found between all White River sites and CAB-0.8 for female GSI and GW. Although a reduction in female GW and GSI would suggest increased testosterone rather than increased ECs. It should also be noted that Orlando et al. (2004) analyzed their dataset with only the log-normal error distribution where our analysis suggested the preferred model assumes either a gamma or normal error distribution for GW and GSI. Additionally, this study assumes a similar response between bluntnose minnows and fathead minnows. Furthermore, this study found a reduction of 10-15% in GW and 3-5% in GSI when comparing White River sites to CAB-0.8.
Field studies, such as the present one, are not as common as laboratory studies. It is assumed that this is due to ECs not being regulated by the U.S. EPA. Regardless, the literature on the environmental impact, namely fish morphology, and the findings presented here are providing more evidence of a need to screen for these chemicals. Known outcomes from exposure to ECs range from morphological changes in tubercles to more extreme differences in sexual dimorphism such as presence of oocytes within male testis (Jobling et al. 1996; Andersen et al. 2003; Palace et al. 2006; Barry 2009). Additionally, the near extinction of fathead minnows from an experimental lake in Ontario was documented after exposure to ECs (Kidd et al. 2007).
Definitive conclusions on the cause of observed differences in this study cannot be determined. Nor is it certain that the patterns observed here are linked to exposure to ECs. A cause and effect conclusion and confirmatory analysis can be determined by blood analysis for vitellogenin (VTG) from male fish with simultaneous evaluation of surface water concentrations of common ECs. Since the mid-1990s VTG production has been a commonly used biomarker of ECs (Sumpter & Jobling 1995; Tyler et al. 1996; Panter et al. 2002; Maltais & Roy 2007). Vitellogenin is part of the hypothalamic/pituitary/gonadal axis and serves as a precursor to egg yolk proteins of oviparous vertebrates (Wallace 1985). Under normal conditions males do not produce VTG; however, they do possess the gene capable of producing VTG (Chen 1983). Laboratory and field studies have documented VTG production in males by a variety of fish species when exposed to environmentally relevant concentrations of ECs (Folmar et al. 1996; Angus et al. 2002; Seki et al. 2006; Maltais & Roy 2007).
In conclusion, I documented evidence that suggests White River is contaminated with ECs. Next, to determine the source and to confirm these findings, a more thorough study should be conducted to include the analysis of male bluntnose minnow blood plasma for VTG expression, gonad histology, and chemical analysis of common ECs found in surface waters.
I thank the Bureau of Water Quality for providing funds for this research. I also thank Drew Holloway, Luke Etchison, and Cami Miller with their assistance in data collection. I am grateful to Rick Conrad and two anonymous reviewers for assistance in the preparation of this manuscript.
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Manuscript received 4 October 2010, revised 10 January 2011.
Jason C. Doll: Bureau of Water Quality, Muncie Sanitary District, 5150 W. Kilgore Ave., Muncie, Indiana 47304-4710
Jason C. Doll, Bureau of Water Quality, Muncie Sanitary District, 5150 W. Kilgore Ave., Muncie, Indiana 47304-4710, tel: 765-747-4896, fax: 765-213-6444 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Table 1.--Bluntnose minnow sample site descriptions. Site Latitude Longitude Description WR-496.5 40.178772 -85.495095 Site located directly downstream of the CR 575W bridge. WR-504.4 40.184836 -85.415999 Site located 0.34 km downstream of Nichols Avenue bridge. WR-506.6 40.203526 -85.391207 Site located 0.15 km downstream of High Street dam. WR-509.0 40.199883 -85.378433 Site located 0.2 km downstream of Broadway Avenue bridge. WR-513.1 40.181462 -85.345779 Site located directly downstream of the 12th Street bridge. CAB-0.8 40.164628 -85.160482 Site located directly upstream of Windsor Pike. Table 2.--Descriptive statistics of male bluntnose minnow. TL = total length, TW = total weight, HW = widest head width, ID = interocular distance, TC = tubercle count, TS = tubercle score, GW = gonad weight, and GSI = gonadosomatic index. Site TL TW HW ID RKM-496.5 Mean 67.12 3.12 7.29 5.56 SE 1.72 0.30 0.26 0.26 Min 50.00 1.06 5 3 Max 93.00 8.14 11 9 N 34 34 34 34 RKM-504.4 Mean 74.00 4.77 8.z56 6.67 SE 2.84 0.55 0.44 0.43 Min 59.00 1.95 6 4 Max 92.00 8.49 11 9 N 18 18 18 18 RKM-506.6 Mean 83.70 6.43 8.77 6.83 SE 1.68 0.34 0.21 0.20 Min 65.00 2.20 6 5 Max 95.00 9.25 10 9 N 30 30 30 30 RKM-509.0 Mean 62.03 2.84 6.89 5.14 SE 1.76 0.27 0.22 0.22 Min 45.00 1.02 5 3 Max 86.00 7.41 10 8 N 37 37 37 37 RKM-513.1 Mean 56.73 2.03 5.93 4.67 SE 2.34 0.30 0.30 0.28 Min 41.00 0.57 4 3 Max 85.00 6.50 10 8 N 30 30 30 30 CAB-8.1 Mean 80.10 6.16 9.55 7.70 SE 2.27 0.53 0.39 0.39 Min 57.00 1.60 6 4 Max 93.00 9.09 12 10 N 20 20 20 20 All Sites Mean 69.37 3.99 7.63 5.91 SE 1.11 0.19 0.15 0.14 Min 41.00 0.57 4 3 Max 95.00 9.25 12 10 N 169 169 169 169 Site TC TS GW GSI RKM-496.5 Mean 1.35 3.47 0.022 0.004 SE 0.76 1.96 0.008 0.001 Min 0 0 0.001 0.001 Max 16 43 0.118 0.017 N 34 34 21 21 RKM-504.4 Mean 5.78 11.72 0.053 0.008 SE 1.68 4.15 0.010 0.001 Min 0 0 0.001 0.000 Max 16 44 0.109 0.014 N 18 18 12 12 RKM-506.6 Mean 11.13 26.57 0.075 0.010 SE 1.32 3.65 0.008 0.001 Min 0 0 0.007 0.002 Max 18 47 0.142 0.016 N 30 30 26 26 RKM-509.0 Mean 1.27 2.57 0.020 0.004 SE 0.66 1.46 0.007 0.001 Min 0 0 0.001 0.000 Max 17 46 0.099 0.015 N 37 37 20 20 RKM-513.1 Mean 1.53 2.57 0.034 0.006 SE 0.86 1.57 0.012 0.002 Min 0 0 0.006 0.002 Max 17 40 0.075 0.012 N 30 30 6 6 CAB-8.1 Mean 8.15 21.15 0.071 0.009 SE 1.88 4.97 0.011 0.001 Min 0 0 0.001 0.000 Max 18 50 0.132 0.016 N 20 20 16 16 All Sites Mean 4.38 10.18 0.047 0.007 SE 0.54 1.35 0.004 0.001 Min 0 0 0.001 0.000 Max 18 50 0.142 0.017 N 169 169 101 101 Table 3.--Descriptive statistics of female bluntnose minnow. TL = total length, TW = total weight, HW = widest head width, ID = interocular distance, TC = tubercle count, TS = tubercle score, GW = gonad weight, and GSI = gonadosomatic index. Site TL TW HW ID WR-496.5 Mean 65.09 2.78 7.05 5.00 SE 1.36 0.18 0.20 0.20 Min 52.00 1.26 6 4 Max 76.00 4.49 9 7 N 22 22 22 22 WR-504.4 Mean 64.28 2.76 6.72 4.92 SE 1.16 0.14 0.16 0.14 Min 49.00 0.98 5 4 Max 76.00 4.18 8 6 N 39 39 39 39 WR-506.6 Mean 63.58 2.93 6.18 4.82 SE 0.84 0.15 0.13 0.08 Min 55.00 1.57 5 4 Max 73.00 5.31 7 6 N 33 33 33 33 WR-509.0 Mean 57.66 2.19 6.10 4.59 SE 1.33 0.14 0.15 0.13 Min 45.00 1.10 5 3 Max 70.00 4.27 8 6 N 29 29 29 29 WR-513.1 Mean 59.74 2.23 5.87 4.42 SE 1.64 0.17 0.22 0.18 Min 43.00 0.68 4 3 Max 80.00 4.65 9 7 N 31 31 31 31 CAB-8.1 Mean 65.39 3.10 6.96 5.17 SE 1.27 0.19 0.23 0.20 Min 54.00 1.40 5 4 Max 79.00 5.26 9 7 N 23 23 23 23 All Sites Mean 62.51 2.65 6.44 4.80 SE 0.56 0.07 0.08 0.06 Min 43.00 0.68 4 3 Max 80.00 5.31 9 7 N 177 177 177 177 Site EC GW GSI WR-496.5 Mean 943.81 0.356 0.118 SE 62.16 0.043 0.011 Min 441 0.015 0.012 Max 1536 0.809 0.214 N 21 22 22 WR-504.4 Mean 975.61 0.292 0.100 SE 44.23 0.024 0.006 Min 628 0.003 0.003 Max 1794 0.616 0.195 N 38 39 39 WR-506.6 Mean 1243.70 0.315 0.110 SE 216.67 0.024 0.008 Min 493 0.085 0.036 Max 7780 0.598 0.226 N 33 33 33 WR-509.0 Mean 717.22 0.232 0.096 SE 58.06 0.026 0.009 Min 108 0.018 0.016 Max 1429 0.535 0.174 N 27 27 27 WR-513.1 Mean 760.42 0.242 0.094 SE 46.63 0.033 0.010 Min 323 0.005 0.007 Max 1293 0.644 0.202 N 26 31 31 CAB-8.1 Mean 1238.14 0.471 0.152 SE 109.73 0.041 0.013 Min 496 0.068 0.049 Max 2297 0.807 0.305 N 22 22 22 All Sites Mean 983.89 0.309 0.109 SE 50.32 0.014 0.004 Min 108 0.003 0.003 Max 7780 0.809 0.305 N 167 174 174 Table 4.--Change in Akaike's Information Criteria (AIC) comparing the generalized linear model; Y = Total Length + Site, for male bluntnose minnows at all sites with different assumed error distributions. Distribution Negative Y Normal Log-Normal Gamma Poisson binomial TW 811.48 0.00 902.84 HW 964.98 0.00 989.54 ID 867.01 0.00 896.38 GW 13.89 551.26 0.00 GSI 0.00 933.21 8.67 TC 866.52 0.00 503.73 363.61 TS 1119.30 0.00 866.82 363.40 Table 5.--Coefficients of the generalized linear model; Y = Total Length + Site, for male bluntnose minnows at all sites with the error distribution determined from Akaike's Information Criteria. Standard error is in parenthesis and significant coefficients are indicated with an asterisk. Independent variables Y Distribution Intercept TL WR-496.5 TW log-normal -0.885 * 0.020 * -0.470 * (0.036) (4.22E-04) (0.017) HW log-normal 0.373 * 0.007 * -0.021 * (0.019) (2.22E-04) (0.009) ID log-normal 0.116 * 0.009 * -0.022 (0.027) (3.14E-04) (0.013) GW normal -0.252 * 0.004 * -0.005 (0.025) (2.85E-04) (0.008) GW gamma 235.464 * -2.505 * 7.824 (23.926) (0.260) (5.818) GSI normal -2.81E-02 * 4.31E-04 * 1.39E-04 (3.42E-03) (3.97E-05) (1.09E-03) GSI gamma 1145.303 * -11.918 * 23.143 (116.270) (1.293) (28.043) TC log-normal -1.835 * 0.031 * -0.114 (0.197) (0.002) (0.094) TS log-normal -2.306 * 0.039 * -0.168 (0.252) (0.003) (0.120) Independent variables Y Distribution Intercept WR-504.4 WR-506.6 TW log-normal -0.885 * -0.001 -0.358 * (0.036) (0.019) (0.017) HW log-normal 0.373 * -0.005 -0.061 * (0.019) (0.010) (0.009) ID log-normal 0.116 * -0.010 -0.079 * (0.027) (0.014) (0.013) GW normal -0.252 * -0.008 -0.005 (0.025) (0.008) (0.007) GW gamma 235.464 * 0.019 4.429 * (23.926) (3.242) (2.024) GSI normal -2.81E-02 * 1.96E-05 6.42E-05 (3.42E-03) (1.46E-03) (9.54E-04) GSI gamma 1145.303 * -2.353 16.046 (116.270) (22.126) (16.840) TC log-normal -1.835 * 0.069 0.151 (0.197) (0.104) (0.092) TS log-normal -2.306 * 0.014 0.160 (0.252) (0.133) (0.118) Independent variables Y Distribution Intercept WR-509.0 WR-513.1 TW log-normal -0.885 * -0.015 -0.073 * (0.036) (0.018) (0.019) HW log-normal 0.373 * -0.007 -0.038 * (0.019) (0.009) (0.010) ID log-normal 0.116 * -0.006 -0.004 (0.027) (0.013) (0.015) GW normal -0.252 * -0.009 -0.010 (0.025) (0.008) (0.010) GW gamma 235.464 * -0.557 -6.641 (23.926) (7.489) (8.482) GSI normal -2.81E-02 * 1.57E-03 2.44E-04 (3.42E-03) (1.18E-03) (1.46E-03) GSI gamma 1145.303 * -7.431 -39.294 (116.270) (35.298) (39.547) TC log-normal -1.835 * 0.050 0.218 * (0.197) (0.098) (0.106) TS log-normal -2.306 * 0.031 0.234 (0.252) (0.124) (0.136) Table 6.--Change in Akaike's Information Criteria (AIC) comparing the generalized linear model; Y = Total Length + Site, for female bluntnose minnows at all sites with different assumed error distributions. Distribution Negative Y Normal Log-Normal Gamma Poisson binomial TW 681.03 0.00 711.09 HW 956.97 0.00 949.88 ID 848.27 0.00 839.20 GW 0.00 263.53 80.59 GSI 0.00 579.67 40.12 EC 2740.36 0.00 36370.68 2569.52 Table 7.--Coeficients of the generalized linear model; Y = Total Length + Site, for female bluntnose minnows at all sites with the error distribution determined from Akaike's Information Criteria. Standard error is in parenthesis and significant coefficients are indicated with an asterisk. Independent variables Y Distribution Intercept TL WR-496.5 TW log-normal -0.893 * 0.021 * -0.044 * (0.044) (0.001) (0.017) HW log-normal 0.331 * 0.008 * 0.001 (0.029) (4.29E-04) (0.012) ID log-normal 0.152 * 0.008 * -0.013 (0.034) (0.001) (0.014) GW normal -0.591 * 0.016 * -0.109 * (0.092) (0.001) (0.037) GSI normal -0.021 0.003 * -0.032 * (0.034) (4.93E-04) (0.013) EC log-normal 2.419 * 0.001 * -0.107 * (0.144) (0.002) (0.052) Independent variables Y Distribution Intercept WR-504.4 WR-506.6 TW log-normal -0.893 * -0.034 * 0.012 (0.044) (0.015) (0.016) HW log-normal 0.331 * -0.001 -0.035 * (0.029) (0.010) (0.011) ID log-normal 0.152 * -0.012 -0.011 (0.034) (0.012) (0.013) GW normal -0.591 * -0.159 * -0.125 * (0.092) (0.032) (0.033) GSI normal -0.021 -0.049 * -0.037 * (0.034) (0.012) (0.012) EC log-normal 2.419 * -0.077 -0.028 (0.144) (0.046) (0.047) Independent variables Y Distribution Intercept WR-509.0 WR-513.1 TW log-normal -0.893 * 0.003 -0.053 * (0.044) (0.017) (0.017) HW log-normal 0.331 * 0.005 -0.033 * (0.029) (0.011) (0.011) ID log-normal 0.152 * 0.015 -0.024 (0.034) (0.013) (0.013) GW normal -0.591 * -0.125 * -0.135 * (0.092) (0.036) (0.035) GSI normal -0.021 -0.037 * -0.043 * (0.034) (0.013) (0.013) EC log-normal 2.419 * -0.189 * -0.170 * (0.144) (0.051) (0.050) Table 8.--Change in Akaike's Information Criteria (AIC) comparing the generalized linear model; Y = Total Length + Site, for male bluntnose minnows at White River sites only with different assumed error distributions. Distribution Negative Y Normal Log-Normal Gamma Poisson binomial TW 685.78 0.00 770.30 HW 830.01 0.00 864.14 ID 746.37 0.00 779.37 GW 24.20 475.28 0.00 GSI 2.11 781.90 0.00 TC 760.33 0.00 394.60 300.13 TS 985.51 0.00 607.39 288.69 Table 9.--Coeficients of the generalized linear model; Y = Total Length + Site, for male bluntnose minnows at White River sites only with the error distribution determined from Akaike's Information Criteria. Standard error is in parenthesis and significant coefficients are indicated with an asterisk. Independent variables Y Distribution Intercept TL WR-496.5 TW log-normal -0.955 * 0.020 * 0.026 (0.028) (4.62E-04) (0.016) HW log-normal 0.335 * 0.007 * 0.018 * (0.014) (2.33E-04) (0.008) ID log-normal 0.118 * 0.009 * -0.016 (0.021) (3.42E-04) (0.012 GW normal -0.244 * 0.004 * 0.003 (0.023) (2.81E-04) (0.009) GW gamma 247.688 * -2.736 * 15.773 (25.871) (0.302) (9.514) GSI normal -2.59E-02 * 4.17E-04 * -2.16E-04 (3.32E-03) (4.04E-05) (1.34E-03) GSI gamma 1109.926 * -11.967 * 62.647 (118.754) (1.397) (43.204) TC log-normal -1.513 * 0.029 * -0.313 * (0.138) (0.002) (0.077) TS log-normal -1.925 * 0.036 * -0.375 * (0.174) (0.003) (0.097) Independent variables Y Distribution Intercept WR-504.4 WR-506.6 TW log-normal -0.955 * 0.072 * 0.038 (0.028) (0.020) (0.020 HW log-normal 0.335 * 0.034 * -0.022 * (0.014) (0.010) (0.010) ID log-normal 0.118 * -0.004 -0.073 * (0.021) (0.015) (0.015) GW normal -0.244 * 0.003 0.007 (0.023) (0.010) (0.009) GW gamma 247.688 * 8.835 13.892 (25.871) (8.671) (8.706) GSI normal -2.59E-02 * -1.09E-04 6.92E-05 (3.32E-03) (1.45E-03) (1.36E-03) GSI gamma 1109.926 * 37.310 55.840 (118.754) (40.911) (39.476) TC log-normal -1.513 * -0.117 -0.018 (0.138) (0.096) (0.097) TS log-normal -1.925 * -0.174 -0.003 (0.174) (0.121) (0.122) Independent variables Y Distribution Intercept WR-509.0 TW log-normal -0.955 * 0.087 * (0.028) (0.015) HW log-normal 0.335 * 0.032 * (0.014) (0.008) ID log-normal 0.118 * -0.001 (0.021) (0.011) GW normal -0.244 * 0.017 (0.023) (0.010) GW gamma 247.688 * 5.759 (25.871) (10.144) GSI normal -2.59E-02 * 1.11E-03 (3.32E-03) (1.38E-03) GSI gamma 1109.926 * 31.753 (118.754) (46.251) TC log-normal -1.513 * -0.159 * (0.138) (0.073) TS log-normal -1.925 * -0.189 * (0.174) (0.092) Table 10.--Change in Akaike's Information Criteria (AIC) comparing the generalized linear model; Y = Total Length + Site, for female bluntnose minnows at White River sites only with different assumed error distributions. Distribution Negative Y Normal Log-Normal Gamma Poisson binomial TW 588.70 0.00 603.20 HW 826.41 0.00 822.15 ID 731.14 0.00 726.61 GW 0.00 255.56 67.91 GSI 0.00 534.32 46.42 EC 2384.91 0.00 32244.36 2221.04 Table 11.--Coeficients of the generalized linear model; Y = Total Length + Site, for female bluntnose minnows at White River sites only with the error distribution determined from Akaike's Information Criteria. Standard error is in parenthesis and significant coefficients are indicated with an asterisk. Independent variables Y Distribution Intercept TL WR-496.5 TW log-normal -0.952 * 0.021 * 0.009 (0.043) (0.001) (0.017) HW log-normal 0.295 * 0.008 * 0.043 * (0.026) (4.27E-04) (0.011) ID log-normal 0.133 * 0.008 * 0.012 (0.032) (0.001) (0.013) GW normal -0.755 * 0.017 * 0.024 (0.080) (0.001) (0.032) GSI normal -9.35E-02 * 3.14E-03 * 7.57E-03 (2.90E-02) (4.71E-04) (1.15E-02) EC log-normal 2.243 * 0.001 * 0.063 (0.147) (0.002) (0.051) Independent variables Y Distribution Intercept WR-504.4 WR-506.6 TW log-normal -0.952 * 0.019 0.065 * (0.043) (0.015) (0.015) HW log-normal 0.295 * 0.027 * -0.002 (0.026) (0.009) (0.009) ID log-normal 0.133 * 0.013 0.014 (0.032) (0.011) (0.012) GW normal -0.755 * -0.026 0.008 (0.080) (0.027) (0.028) GSI normal -9.35E-02 * -8.14E-03 3.78E-03 (2.90E-02) (9.88E-03) (1.02E-02) EC log-normal 2.243 * 0.093 * 0.142 * (0.147) (0.044) (0.045) Independent variables Y Distribution Intercept WR-509.0 TW log-normal -0.952 * 0.057 * (0.043) (0.016) HW log-normal 0.295 * 0.038 * (0.026) (0.010) ID log-normal 0.133 * 0.039 * (0.032) (0.012) GW normal -0.755 * 0.011 (0.080) (0.029) GSI normal -9.35E-02 * 5.84E-03 (2.90E-02) (1.06E-02) EC log-normal 2.243 * -0.019 (0.147) (0.048)