Community structure of soft sediment pool fishes in Moreton Bay, Australia

Chargulaf, C. A., Townsend, K. A. and Tibbetts, I. R. (2011) Community structure of soft sediment pool fishes in Moreton Bay, Australia. Journal of Fish Biology, 78 2: 479-494. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8649.2010.02866.x


Author Chargulaf, C. A.
Townsend, K. A.
Tibbetts, I. R.
Title Community structure of soft sediment pool fishes in Moreton Bay, Australia
Journal name Journal of Fish Biology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-1112
1095-8649
Publication date 2011-02
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1095-8649.2010.02866.x
Volume 78
Issue 2
Start page 479
End page 494
Total pages 16
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
A survey of soft sediment tide pools was conducted to assess the occupation and assemblage of fishes on three different intertidal shores in Moreton Bay, Australia, between January and December 2009. Tide-pool volume ranged from 0· 30 to 29· 75 l and varied significantly between months and sites. A total of 1364 individuals representing 15 species and nine families of fishes were observed. At Dunwich, fish assemblages were dominated by the sand goby Favonigobius lentiginosus (89%) and whiting, Sillago spp. (10%). At Manly, the gobies Favonigobius exquisitus (37%), Pseudogobius sp. (31%) and the blenny Omobranchus punctatus (19%) dominated the shores while at Godwin Beach, F. lentiginosus (15%), F. exquisitus (45%) and Sillago spp. (25%) were the most abundant species. The mean ±s.e. density of fishes ranged from 0· 29 ± 0· 13 to 5· 04 ± 1· 74 fishes l−1 and abundance of fish correlated with pool volume. Juveniles (75%) dominated assemblages suggesting that soft sediment pools may act as nurseries. The persistent and recurrent fish assemblages found in soft sediment tide pools in Moreton Bay suggest that these shores are behaving more like a tropical than a temperate climate shore, as there was no significant difference of fish abundances between seasons.
Keyword Fish assemblages
Gobiidae
Nursery
Tide pools
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online: 13 JAN 2011

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