Environmental Biology of Fishes

, Volume 78, Issue 2, pp 125–134 | Cite as

Influences of Salinity on Growth and Survival of Juvenile Pinfish Lagodon rhomboides (Linnaeus)

  • Virginia R. Shervette
  • Natalie Ibarra
  • Frances Gelwick
Original Paper


We investigated the effect of salinity on growth, survival, and condition of pinfish Lagodon rhomboides juveniles (36–80 mm standard length) in two laboratory experiments in July 2003 and June/July 2004. Our results show that juvenile pinfish grown in laboratory conditions under a range of salinities experience rapid growth and high survival in typical estuarine-like salinities (15–30 ppt). We also found that relative weight as an index of condition corroborates the idea that pinfish are well adapted to survive and grow in a wide range of salinities. Such rapid growth and high survival in a dynamic environment may afford juvenile pinfish potential ecological advantages over other estuarine-dependent fish species that are relatively more constrained by changes in salinity regime. Because coastal development is wide-spread throughout Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic estuaries, insights concerning the impacts of human-induced changes to estuarine environments are essential for effective management practices.


Sparidae Estuarine Relative weight Anthropogenic alterations 


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We are grateful to those in the Winemiller and DeWitt labs at Texas A&M University who provided help in collecting and maintaining pinfish and equipment. We thank Robert Vega at the Corpus Christi Redfish Hatchery for the use of seines and collection sites. Financial support awarded to the authors for this project came from these sources: NSF Grant No. DEB-0203992UMEB: Undergraduate Training in Ecological and Evolutionary Approaches to Complex Environmental Problems (NI), NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve Fellowship (VRS), TWRI Mills Fellowship (VRS), Coastal Conservation Association Graduate Research Scholarship (VRS), Graduate Women in Science and Engineering Susan Arseven Award (VRS), and Seaspace Scholarship (VRS). Thoughtful suggestions on a previous draft by Steven Zeug and Windsor Aguirre substantially improved the manuscript. Contributions from three anonymous reviewers are gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Virginia R. Shervette
    • 1
  • Natalie Ibarra
    • 1
    • 2
  • Frances Gelwick
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Wildlife and Fisheries SciencesTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA
  2. 2.Department of Biology and ChemistryTexas A&M International UniversityLaredoUSA

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