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Growth of juvenile tarpon in Puerto Rican Estuaries

A. Zerbi, C. Aliaume and J.-C. Joyeux

in ICES Journal of Marine Science

Published on behalf of ICES/CIEM

Volume 58, issue 1, pages 87-95
Published in print January 2001 | ISSN: 1054-3139
Published online January 2001 | e-ISSN: 1095-9289 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1006/jmsc.2000.0992
Growth of juvenile tarpon in Puerto Rican Estuaries

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Daily growth increments in otoliths of juvenile Megalops atlanticus, were validated by injection of oxytetracycline hydrochloride (OTC) while in the mangrove zone of Boquerón Bay, Puerto Rico. Peritoneal and intra-muscular injection of OTC at 100 mg kg−1 doses were successful in marking otoliths of juvenile tarpon which ranged from 39–133 mm in standard length (SL). The growth rate estimated from SL–age regression, suggested a growth rate of 0.92±0.03 (s.e.) mm day−1. At estuarine arrival, tarpon leptocephali were estimated to have a mean age of 33.7±0.3 d (n=182), with most larvae being in their second stage of metamorphosis. The young age at arrival supports the hypothesis that tarpon spawning grounds occur relatively close to the Puerto Rican shore. Back-calculated hatching dates from tarpon otolith microstructure suggests a long spawning season in Puerto Rico with two annual peaks, one occurring in springtime (March–May) and another in late summer (July–September).

Keywords: age validation; growth; recruitment; tarpon

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Subjects: Environmental Science ; Marine and Estuarine Biology

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