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Ecological observations on juvenile flatfish in a tropical coastal system, Puerto Rico
van der Veer, H.W.; Miller, J.M.; Aliaume, C.; Adriaans, E.J.; Witte, J. IJ.; Zerbi, A. (1994). Ecological observations on juvenile flatfish in a tropical coastal system, Puerto Rico. Neth. J. Sea Res. 32(3-4): 453-460
In: Netherlands Journal of Sea Research. Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ): Groningen; Den Burg. ISSN 0077-7579, more
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  • van der Veer, H.W.
  • Miller, J.M.
  • Aliaume, C.
  • Adriaans, E.J.
  • Witte, J. IJ.
  • Zerbi, A.

Abstract
    Juvenile flatfish were sampled in Puerto Rico in a number of different habitat types: river mouths, beach systems, estuarine lagoons and marine lagoons. Out of 16 species occurring around Puerto Rico, seven were found, of the family Bothidae: the bay whiff Citharichthys spilopterus, the sand whiff C. arenaceus, the fringed flounder Etropus crossotus and the channel flounder Syacium micrurum, of the family Solidae: the lined sole Achirus lineatus and the scrawled sole Trinectes inscriptus, and of the family Cynoglossidae: the blackcheek tonguefish Symphurus plagiusa. Species composition varied among areas and appeared to be related to habitat requirements. Depending on species, settlement was prolonged over a period from 1 to at least 6 months. Abundances of 0-group were low, in general less than 10 ind·100 m-2. Preliminary growth estimates in Citharichthys spilopterus were within the range of those observed in subtropical waters at the same temperatures.

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