Journal Article

Drift routes of Cape hake eggs and larvae in the southern Benguela Current system

Erling Kåre Stenevik, Hans M. Verheye, Marek R. Lipinski, Marek Ostrowski and Tore Strømme

in Journal of Plankton Research

Volume 30, issue 10, pages 1147-1156
Published in print October 2008 | ISSN: 0142-7873
Published online June 2008 | e-ISSN: 1464-3774 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/plankt/fbn068
Drift routes of Cape hake eggs and larvae in the southern Benguela Current system

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The aim of this study was to combine observed circulation pattern with data on distribution of hake eggs and larvae in the southern Benguela from a survey in September/October 2005 to investigate drift routes of hake eggs and larvae. Genetic information enabled species-specific information about drift routes of the two hake species (Merluccius capensis and M. paradoxus) to be established. The results showed that both species were transported from spawning areas to nursery areas in the jet current, but differential cross-shelf distribution would most likely lead to species-specific drift routes which could explain why the two species seem to have different nursery areas.

Journal Article.  4414 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Marine and Estuarine Biology ; Zoology and Animal Sciences

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