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Marine Biology

, Volume 148, Issue 5, pp 1113–1122 | Cite as

Growth of Chaetodon larvatus (Chaetodontidae: Pisces) in the southern Red Sea

  • Z. A. Zekeria
  • S. Weertman
  • B. Samuel
  • T. Kale-ab
  • J. J. Videler
Research Article

Abstract

Growth and age of Chaetodon larvatus were studied using growth bands in otoliths and length-frequency analyses. Otoliths of 180 C. larvatus were extracted and measured. Polished sections of sagittae revealed alternating opaque and translucent bands corresponding with a seasonal growth pattern. Both mass and size of the otoliths continue to grow steadily throughout life. Length-at-age data revealed very fast growth during the first year. Growth proceeded at a decreasing rate during the second and the third year; fishes older than 3 years did not grow noticeably. No difference in growth patterns between males and females could be detected. The growth parameters obtained for the whole population are: the asymptotic length (L)=10.64 cm, growth constant (K)=1.14 year−1 and the theoretical age at length zero (t0)=−0.30 year. The maximum age recorded was 14 years. Length frequency data collected at a recruitment site confirmed the fast growth of juveniles.

Keywords

Juvenile Fish Adult Fish Young Fish Recruitment Site Growth Band 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Z. A. Zekeria
    • 1
  • S. Weertman
    • 2
  • B. Samuel
    • 1
  • T. Kale-ab
    • 1
  • J. J. Videler
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Marine SciencesUniversity of AsmaraAsmaraEritrea
  2. 2.Department of Marine Biology, Biological CenterUniversity of GroningenHarenThe Netherlands

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