Interannual variations in the hatching pattern, larval growth and otolith size of a sand-dwelling fish from central Chile

Camilo Rodríguez-Valentino, Mauricio F. Landaeta, Gissella Castillo-Hidalgo, Claudia A. Bustos, GUIDO PLAZA PASTEN, F. Patricio Ojeda

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Abstract

The interannual variation (2010–2013) of larval abundance, growth and hatching patterns of the Chilean sand stargazer Sindoscopus australis (Pisces: Dactyloscopidae) was investigated through otolith microstructure analysis from samples collected nearshore (<500 m from shore) during austral late winter-early spring off El Quisco bay, central Chile. In the studied period, the abundance of larval stages in the plankton samples varied from 2.2 to 259.3 ind. 1000 m−3; larval abundance was similar between 2010 and 2011, and between 2012 and 2013, but increased significantly from 2011 to 2012. The estimated growth rates increased twice, from 0.09 to 0.21 mm day−1, between 2011 and 2013. Additionally, otolith size (radius, perimeter and area), related to body length of larvae, significantly decreased from 2010 to 2012, but increases significantly in 2013. Although the mean values of microincrement widths of sagitta otoliths were similar between 2010 and 2011 (around 0.6–0.7 μm), the interindividual variability increases in 2011 and 2013, suggesting large environmental variability experienced by larvae during these years. Finally, the hatching pattern of S. australis changed significantly from semi-lunar to lunar cycle after 2012.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-303
Number of pages11
JournalHelgoland Marine Research
Volume69
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 22 Sep 2015

Keywords

  • Chile
  • Dactyloscopidae
  • Ichthyoplankton
  • Sagitta

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