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Distribution and abundance of Citharus linguatula, Lepidorhombus boscii, and Solea vulgaris (Osteichthyes: Pleuronectiformes) in the Mediterranean Sea
Sartor, P.; Sbrana, M.; Ungaro, N.; Marano, C.A.; Piccinetti, C.; Piccinetti-Manfrin, G. (2002). Distribution and abundance of Citharus linguatula, Lepidorhombus boscii, and Solea vulgaris (Osteichthyes: Pleuronectiformes) in the Mediterranean Sea. Sci. Mar. (Barc.) 66(Suppl. 2): 82-102
In: Scientia Marina (Barcelona). Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas. Institut de Ciènces del Mar: Barcelona. ISSN 0214-8358, more
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  • Sartor, P.; Sbrana, M.; Ungaro, N.; Marano, C.A.; Piccinetti, C.; Piccinetti-Manfrin, G. (2002). Distribution and abundance of Citharus linguatula, Lepidorhombus boscii, and Solea vulgaris (Osteichthyes: Pleuronectiformes) in the Mediterranean Sea, in: Abelló, P. et al. Mediterranean marine demersal resources: the MEDITS international trawl survey (1994-1999). Scientia Marina (Barcelona), 66(Suppl. 2): pp. 82-102, more

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Keywords
    Abundance; Distribution; Surveys; Trawl nets; Citharus linguatula (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]; Lepidorhombus boscii (Risso, 1810) [WoRMS]; Pleuronectiformes [WoRMS]; Solea vulgaris Quensel, 1806 [WoRMS]; Mediterranean [Marine Regions]; Marine

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  • Sartor, P.
  • Sbrana, M.
  • Ungaro, N.
  • Marano, C.A.
  • Piccinetti, C.
  • Piccinetti-Manfrin, G.

Abstract
    Information on distribution, relative abundance and size composition of the pleuronectiform species Citharus linguatula, Lepidorhombus boscii andSolea vulgaris was obtained during the "MEDITS" trawl surveys, carried out in a wide area of the Mediterranean Sea from 1994 to 1999. The three species showed a wide geographic distribution, as they were collected in all the macro-areas investigated, but with some differences in degree of presence among the 40 geographic sectors. Variations in abundance indices, analysed on a spatio-temporal basis with a Generalised Linear Model, were mostly related to the depth stratum and the macro-area. C. linguatula and S. vulgari were especially found from 10 to 100 m depth, while L. boscii was most abundant on bottoms ranging from 100 to 500 m depth. The three species showed the highest abundance indices (kg/km2) in the Gulf of Lions, in the Greek Seas and along the Sardinian coasts. Especially for L. boscii and C. linguatula, the demographic structure showed that the sampled populations were mainly constituted by juveniles. The lowest biomass and abundance indices were obtained for S. vulgaris, whose catch was mainly composed of adult fish.

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