Nautilus at risk - estimating population size and demography of Nautilus pompilius

Dunstan, Andrew, Bradshaw, Corey J. A. and Marshall, Justin (2011) Nautilus at risk - estimating population size and demography of Nautilus pompilius. PLoS One, 6 2: e16716.1-e16716.9. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0016716

Author Dunstan, Andrew
Bradshaw, Corey J. A.
Marshall, Justin
Title Nautilus at risk - estimating population size and demography of Nautilus pompilius
Journal name PLoS One   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1932-6203
Publication date 2011-02-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0016716
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 6
Issue 2
Start page e16716.1
End page e16716.9
Total pages 9
Place of publication San Francisco CA , United States
Publisher Public Library of Science
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The low fecundity, late maturity, long gestation and long life span of Nautilus suggest that this species is vulnerable to over-exploitation. Demand from the ornamental shell trade has contributed to their rapid decline in localized populations. More data from wild populations are needed to design management plans which ensure Nautilus persistence. We used a variety of techniques including capture-mark-recapture, baited remote underwater video systems, ultrasonic telemetry and remotely operated vehicles to estimate population size, growth rates, distribution and demographic characteristics of an unexploited Nautilus pompilius population at Osprey Reef (Coral Sea, Australia). We estimated a small and dispersed population of between 844 and 4467 individuals (14.6–77.4 km−2) dominated by males (83:17 male:female) and comprised of few juveniles (<10%).These results provide the first Nautilid population and density estimates which are essential elements for long-term management of populations via sustainable catch models. Results from baited remote underwater video systems provide confidence for their more widespread use to assess efficiently the size and density of exploited and unexploited Nautilus populations worldwide.
Keyword Papua-new-guinea
Living nautilus
Chambered nautilus
Admiralty islands
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article number e16716

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