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Distribution of Dibranchus species (Pisces: Ogcocephalidae) from the Eastern Central Pacific and their relationship with environmental factors
Cruz-Acevedo, E.; Salas-Singh, C.; Aguirre-Villaseñor, H. (2019). Distribution of Dibranchus species (Pisces: Ogcocephalidae) from the Eastern Central Pacific and their relationship with environmental factors. Mar. Biodiv. 49(1): 333-343. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s12526-017-0808-y
In: Marine Biodiversity. Springer: Heidelberg; Berlin. ISSN 1867-1616; e-ISSN 1867-1624, more
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Keywords
    Environmental factors
    Marine
Author keywords
    Deep-sea; Batfish; Oxygen minimum zone; Mexican Pacific; Slope

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  • Cruz-Acevedo, E.
  • Salas-Singh, C.
  • Aguirre-Villaseñor, H.

Abstract
    The geographic and bathymetric distribution of the genus Dibranchus throughout the Eastern Central Pacific was analyzed, using historical distribution records and results from bottom trawls undertaken from 11 research cruises performed in the Mexican Pacific (TALUD project). A total of three species were collected: Dibranchus hystrix (nine specimens, six trawls), Dibranchus spinosus (25 specimens, nine trawls) and Dibranchus spongiosa (134 specimens, 19 trawls). The greatest density of specimens was confined to 800–1200 m depth, but they were caught together in a small number of trawls (D. hystrix-D. spinosus, three trawls; D. hystrix-D. spongiosa, one trawl). This work extends the known latitudinal ranges of D. hystrix by 230 km, and of D. spongiosa by 650 km and provides the first records for D. spinosu and D. spongiosa in the Gulf of California, and for D. hystrix in the Central Gulf of California. Also, the shallowest depth and maximum sizes records of D. hystrix (865 m, 148 mm SL) and D. spongiosa (479 m, 156 mm SL) were extended. Dibranchus spongiosa inhabits the shallowest and warmer sites, almost only within the OMZ; while both, D. hystrix and D. spinosus, are able to live in a wide range of DO concentrations, mainly in the deeper and oxygenated zone. These environmental preferences could be related to their distinct geographical ranges throughout the Eastern Pacific.

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