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Title: Life-history strategies of a conspicuous reef fish, the canary damsel similiparma lurida (Pomacentridae) in the northeastern atlantic
Other Titles: Estrategias de vida de un relevante pez de arrecife, la fula negra Similiparma lurida (Pomacentridae) en el Noroeste Atlántico
Authors: García-Mederos, Antonio M.
Tuya, Fernando 
Tuset, Víctor M.
UNESCO Clasification: 241705 Biología marina
240119 Zoología marina
240102 Comportamiento animal
310503 Localización de peces
Keywords: Pomacentridae
Similiparma lurida
Life history
Recruitment
Coastal fish, et al
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: 0214-8358
Journal: Scientia Marina 
Abstract: Similiparma lurida is a common fish inhabiting shallow-water rocky bottoms of the northeastern Atlantic oceanic archipelagos, and the coasts from Portugal to Senegal. This study was conceptualized to integrate information relative to key population traits of S. lurida, including length and age structure, growth, reproduction and length at maturity, with a description of abundance patterns on shallow reefs, including temporality of recruitment and habitat preferences by juveniles, sub-adults and adults. We then hypothesized that seasonal cycles of spawning and recruitment were synchronized. This species reaches a total length (TL) of up to 15.7 cm and an age of 18 years. Males grow faster and longer (K=0.28 years–1, L∞=14.487 cm TL) than females (K=0.23 years–1, L∞=13.461 cm TL), which affects the overall ratio of males to females (1:0.26). The size at which 50% of sexual maturity is reached was 10.344 cm TL for males and 8.471 cm TL for females. Fish increase growth during the spawning season, which occurs from November to March, including a maximum in February. After two months of this peak, juveniles reached maximum abundances (April) in high relief reef areas. Adults, however, show a preference towards rocky bottoms covered with algae interspersed with sand patches, suggesting ontogenetic changes in microhabitat preferences when juveniles turn into adults.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10553/49558
ISSN: 0214-8358
DOI: 10.3989/scimar.04343.28A
Source: Scientia Marina [ISSN 0214-8358], v. 80, p. 57-68
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