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Early life history of the black drum Pogonias cromis (Pisces: Sciaenidae) in Tampa Bay, Florida
Peters, K.M.; McMichael Jr., R.H. (1990). Early life history of the black drum Pogonias cromis (Pisces: Sciaenidae) in Tampa Bay, Florida. N.E. Gulf Sci. 11(1): 39-58
In: Northeast Gulf Science. Marine Environmental Science Consortium of Alabama: Dauphin Island. ISSN 0148-9836, more

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    Abundance; Feeding behaviour; Fishery biology; Geographical distribution; Growth rate; Pisces [WoRMS]; Pogonias cromis (Linnaeus, 1766) [WoRMS]; Sciaenidae Cuvier, 1829 [WoRMS]; Marine; Brackish water

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  • Peters, K.M.
  • McMichael Jr., R.H.

    The distribution, relative abundance, habitat, age, growth, and feeding habits of larval and juvenile black drum (Pogonias cromis) from Tampa Bay, Florida, are described. Spawning took place in the lower bay or nearshore Gulf waters from November through May, with the majority of spawning occurring in March. Spawning peaks often coincided with, but were not dependent on, the new or full moon and were seemingly influenced by tidal period. Most spawning occurred during rising temperatures and occurred earlier in Tampa Bay than in northern latitudes. Most larvae were collected during March and April, and more were found in incidental surface dip-net collections in Bayboro Harbor than from regular plankton-net collections in the bay. Larvae collected in the middle and upper bay were larger (2.9-7.3 mm) than those collected in the lower bay (1.8-5.8 mm).

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