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The subtidal gully fish community of the Eastern Cape and the role of this habitat as a nursery area


Smale, MJ and Buxton, CD, The subtidal gully fish community of the Eastern Cape and the role of this habitat as a nursery area, South African Journal of Zoology, 24, (1) pp. 58 - 67. ISSN 0254-1858 (1989) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/02541858.1989.11448133


The fish fauna of rocky subtidal gullies between Chelsea Point and Skoenmakerskop (South Africa) was sampled between October 1985 and September 1986 using rotenone to investigate the species composition and the importance of this habitat as a nursery area for marine linefish species, A total of 59 species belonging to 28 families were collected. The majority of these were cryptiC fishes such as Clinidae and Cheilodactylidae. Sparldae and Serranidae were represented by juveniles of inshore species. The findings are discussed in relation to previous studies of intertidal pools in the eastern and western Cape, and it is concluded that shallow rocky inter- and infratidal areas are important nursery areas for numerous inshore fishes, including some species caught by recreational line fishermen. The results from this study suggest that previous intertidal studies have over-emphasized the importance of rock pools as nursery areas.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Fisheries sciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:Buxton, CD (Professor Colin Buxton)
ID Code:48439
Year Published:1989
Web of Science® Times Cited:22
Deposited By:TAFI - Marine Research Laboratory
Deposited On:2007-08-01
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