Pictorial Guide to the Groupers (Teleostei: Serranidae) of the Western North Atlantic

Grace, Mark and Rademacher, Kevin R. and Russell, Mike (1994) Pictorial Guide to the Groupers (Teleostei: Serranidae) of the Western North Atlantic. NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service, (NOAA Technical Report NMFS, 118)

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This guide was developed to assist with the identification of western North Atlantic grouper species of the genera Alphestes, Cephalopholis, Dermatolepis, Epinephelus, Gonioplectrus, Mycteroperca, and Paranthias. The primary purpose for assembling the guide is for use with projects that deploy underwater video camera systems. The most vital source of information used to develop the guide was an archive of underwater video footage recorded during fishery projects. These video tapes contain 348 hours of survey activity and are maintained at the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Pascagoula, Mississippi. This footage spans several years (1980-92) and was recorded under a wide variety of conditions depicting diverse habitats from areas of the western North Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico. Published references were used as sources of information for those species not recorded on video footage during NMFS projects. These references were also used to augment information collected from video footage to provide broader and more complete descriptions. The pictorial guide presents information for all 25 grouper species reported to occur in the western North Atlantic. Species accounts provide descriptive text and illustrations depicting documented phases for the various groupers. In addition, species separation sheets based on important identification features were constructed to further assist with species identification. A meristic table provides information for specimens captured in conjunction with videoassisted fishery surveys. A computerized version enables guide users to amend, revise, update, or customize the guide as new observations and information become available. (PDF file contains 52 pages.)

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Pictorial Guide to the Groupers (Teleostei: Serranidae) of the Western North Atlantic
Personal Creator/Author:
Grace, Mark
Rademacher, Kevin R.
Russell, Mike
Series Name: NOAA Technical Report NMFS
Number: 118
Date: 1994
Publisher: NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Ecology
Item ID: 2697
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2009 02:23
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 18:34
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/2697

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