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Species Profiles: Life Histories and Environmental Requirements of Coastal Fishes and Invertebrates South Florida, Ladyfish and Tarpon
OKLAHOMA COOPERATIVE FISH AND WILDLIFE RESEARCH UNIT STILLWATER
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Species profiles are literature summaries of the taxonomy, morphology, distribution, life history, habitats, and environmental requirements of coastal species of fishes and aquatic invertebrates. They are designed to assist in environmental impact assessment. The tarpon and ladyfish are popular gamefishes. Adults spawn offshore. Larval and juvenile stages inhabit coastal marshes and mangroves. Both species are thermophilic preferring warm water, euryhaline tolerant of a wide range of salinity, and are capable of surviving at low oxygen concentrations. Wetlands destruction and degradation negatively affect these species by reducing nursery areas. Keywords Fishes Estuaries Feeding habits Growth physiology Fisheries Temperature Salinity Oxygen Life cycles Tarpon Megalops atlanticus Ladyfish Elops saurus Trophic ecology Spawning Environmental requirements. kt
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