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The biology of Boyer's sand smelt, Atherina boyeri Risso in the Bardawil Lagoon on the Mediterranean coast of Sinai
Gon, O.; Ben-Tuvia, A. (1983). The biology of Boyer's sand smelt, Atherina boyeri Risso in the Bardawil Lagoon on the Mediterranean coast of Sinai. J. Fish Biol. 22(5): 537-547
In: Journal of Fish Biology. Fisheries Society of the British Isles: London,New York,. ISSN 0022-1112, more
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Keywords
    Age; Age composition; Biology; Diets; Fecundity; Hosts; Parasites; Sex ratio; Spawning; Atherina (Hepsetia) boyeri Risso, 1810 [WoRMS]; Insecta [WoRMS]; MED, Egypt, Arab Rep., Sinai; Marine

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  • Gon, O.
  • Ben-Tuvia, A.

Abstract
    The present study describes some aspects of the life history of Boyer's sand smelt Atherina boyeri in the hypersaline Bardawil Lagoon on the Mediterranean coast of the Sinai peninsula, Egypt. Monthly samples were collected with a small-mesh experimental beach-seine during the years 1973-1974. Age determinations were based on otoliths readings and length frequency distributions which indicate that the Bardawil Lagoon population consists mostly of 0-age group. The largest recorded fish was 63 mm in standard length (S.L.). Length-weight relationship has been calculated as: W= 13.7 × 10-6×L2.93 where W= weight (g) and L=S.L. (mm). Atherina boyeri mature at the length of 34 mm. Spawning takes place from March to September. The average number of eggs in the ovary of a ripe female at the beginning of the spawning season was found to be 522. Females of all sizes were more numerous than males. In immature fish, less than 34 mm long, females constituted 53% of the population. In larger fish the number of females was higher; in fish over 34 mm long females constituted 64% and in fish over 51 mm—96%. Atherina boyeri in the Bardawil Lagoon feeds on both zoobenthos and zooplankton, mainly amphipods and copepods. Polychaetes, mysidaceans, insects and fish were also represented. Atherina boyeri is the host of endoparasitic Trematoda, Acanthocephala and Nematoda. The examined fish were found to have metacercaria in their mesenteries and liver.

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