Gerard, Trika and Muhling, Barbara (2010) Variation in the isotopic signatures of juvenile gray snapper (Lutjanus griseus) from five southern Florida region. Fishery Bulletin, 108(1), pp. 98-105.
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Measurements of 18O/16O and 13C/12C ratios in the carbonate of juvenile gray snapper (Lutjanus griseus) sagittal otoliths collected during 2001–2005 from different southern Florida regions indicated significant variations in the ratios between Florida Bay and surrounding areas. Annual differences in isotopic composition were also observed. Classification accuracy of individual otoliths to a region averaged 80% (63% to 96%), thereby enabling the probability of assigning an unknown individual to the appropriate juvenile nursery habitat. Identification of isotopic signatures in the otoliths of gray snapper from Florida Bay and adjacent ecosystems may be important for distinguishing specific portions of the bay that are crucial nursery grounds for juveniles. Separation of gray snapper between geographic regions and nursery sites is possible and has the potential to establish a link between adult gray snapper present on offshore reefs and larvae and juveniles at nursery habitats in Florida Bay or adjacent areas.
|Title:||Variation in the isotopic signatures of juvenile gray snapper (Lutjanus griseus) from five southern Florida region|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Fishery Bulletin|
|Page Range:||pp. 98-105|
|Issuing Agency:||United States National Marine Fisheries Service|
|Depositing User:||Patti M. Marraro|
|Date Deposited:||10 Jun 2012 11:01|
|Last Modified:||10 Jun 2012 11:01|
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