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Habitat and Life History of Juvenile Hawaiian Pink Snapper, Pristipomoides filamentosus

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Title:Habitat and Life History of Juvenile Hawaiian Pink Snapper, Pristipomoides filamentosus
Authors:Moffitt, Robert B.
Parrish, Frank A.
Date Issued:Oct 1996
Publisher:University of Hawaii Press
Citation:Moffitt RB, Parrish FA. 1996. Habitat and life history of juvenile Hawaiian pink snapper, Pristipomoides filamentosus. Pac Sci 50(4): 371-381.
Abstract:Eteline snappers are an important component of commercial
demersal fisheries in the central and western Pacific, but there is a substantial
gap in the knowledge of their life histories, specifically the larval and juvenile
stages. Juvenile pink snapper, Pristipomoides filamentosus (Valenciennes), ranging
in size from 7 to 25 cm fork length, inhabit a nearly featureless plain offshore
of Kane'ohe Bay, O'ahu, at depths of 65-100 m. Bottom samples and
underwater video footage showed the bottom to be uniformly composed of fine,
silty sand with little relief. Conductivity-temperature-depth data indicate that
an internal tide brings cold water over the bottom on a tidal basis. Telemetric
studies show that juveniles undergo small-scale crepuscular migrations from
deeper daytime locations to shallower nighttime locations but move relatively
little during day and night periods. Analysis of length frequency distributions
obtained over a 17-month period resulted in an estimate of the von Bertalanffy
growth constant (K) of 0.21 yr-l.
Appears in Collections: Pacific Science Volume 50, Number 4, 1996

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