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Community Composition of Elasmobranch Fishes Utilizing Intertidal Sand Flats in Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia.

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Title: Community Composition of Elasmobranch Fishes Utilizing Intertidal Sand Flats in Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia.
Authors: Pierce, Simon J.
Scott-Holland, Tracey B.
Bennett, Michael B.
LC Subject Headings: Natural history--Periodicals.
Science--Periodicals
Natural history--Pacific Area--Periodicals.
Issue Date: Apr 2011
Publisher: Honolulu, University of Hawaii
Citation: Pierce SJ, Scott-Holland TB, Bennett MB. Community Composition of Elasmobranch Fishes Utilizing Intertidal Sand Flats in Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia. Pac Sci 65(2): 235-248.
Series/Report no.: vol. 65, no. 2
Abstract: Thirteen elasmobranch species were collected during a 4-yr survey of the intertidal margins of Moreton Bay, a large subtropical embayment in southeastern Queensland, Australia. Stingrays were the most common large predators in the intertidal zone, with total catch dominated numerically by blue-spotted maskray, Neotrygon kuhlii (53.8%); estuary stingray, Dasyatis fluviorum (22.2%); and brown whipray, Himantura toshi (10.2%). There was a significant female bias within intertidal populations of N. kuhlii and D. fluviorum. Courtship behaviors were observed in July and September in D. fluviorum and in January for whitespotted eagle ray, Aetobatus narinari. Dasyatis fluviorum, a threatened Australian endemic stingray, remains locally abundant within the bay. Overall, the inshore elasmobranch fauna of Moreton Bay is relatively species rich compared with similar studies elsewhere in Australia, emphasizing the regional importance of this ecosystem.
Description: v. ill. 23 cm.
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Pages/Duration: 14 p.
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/23222
ISSN: 0030-8870
Appears in Collections:Pacific Science, Volume 65, Number 2, 2011



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