Based on most striking differences in biological and life history traits, i.e. size, spawning and feeding, we calibrated a bioenergetics model, based on the Dynamic Energy Budget theory, for Engraulis encrasicolus and Sardina pilchardus in the Bay of Biscay.
This first modelling demonstration of a bioenergetics difference between these two species, and the explanation it brings in the understanding of their respective reproduction strategies, opens new perspectives in the interpretation of their differential responses at the population scale to environment variability.
Gatti P, Petitgas P, Huret M. Comparing biological traits of anchovy and sardine in the Bay of Biscay: A modelling approach with the Dynamic Energy Budget. Ecological Modelling. 2017 Mar 24;348:93-109.