Growth acceleration at sex change in the protogynous hermaphrodite Chrysoblephus puniceus (Pisces: Sparidae)

P. A. Garratt, A. Govender, A. E. Punt

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Growth of Chrysoblephus puniceus was modelled by means of a Von Bertalanffy growth equation, taking into consideration that it may not be realistic to model the growth of this protogynous hermaphrodite simply by constructing sex-specific growth curves or by pooling data for both sexes. Estimates of the values of the growth equation parameters were obtained by fitting to age-length data sampled in the St Lucia Marine Reserve and off southern Moçambique. Empirical evidence is presented which suggests that accelerated growth at sex change occurs in C. puniceus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-193
Number of pages7
JournalSouth African Journal of Marine Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1993

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