Transitions in the morphological features, habitat use, and diet of young-of-the-year goosefish (Lophius americanus)

Able, Kenneth W. and Clarke, Peter J. and Chambers, R. Christopher and Witting, David A. (2007) Transitions in the morphological features, habitat use, and diet of young-of-the-year goosefish (Lophius americanus). Fishery Bulletin, 105(4), pp. 457-469.

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Abstract

This study was designed to improve our understanding of transitions in the early life history and the distribution, habitat use, and diets for young-of-the-year (YOY) goosefish (Lophius americanus) and, as a result, their role in northeastern U.S. continental shelf ecosystems. Pelagic juveniles (>12 to ca. 50 mm total length [TL]) were distributed over most portions of the continental shelf in the Middle Atlantic Bight, Georges Bank, and into the Gulf of Maine. Most individuals settled by 50−85 mm TL and reached approximately 60−120 mm TL by one year of age. Pelagic YOY fed on chaetognaths, hyperiid amphipods, calanoid copepods, and ostracods, and benthic YOY had a varied diet of fishes and benthic crustaceans. Goosefish are widely scattered on the continental shelf in the Middle Atlantic Bight during their early life history and once settled, are habitat generalists, and thus play a role in many continental shelf habit

Item Type: Article
Title: Transitions in the morphological features, habitat use, and diet of young-of-the-year goosefish (Lophius americanus)
Personal Creator/Author:
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Able, Kenneth W.
Clarke, Peter J.
Chambers, R. Christopher
Witting, David A.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Fishery Bulletin
Volume: 105
Number: 4
Page Range: pp. 457-469
Date: 2007
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Biology
Ecology
Fisheries
Item ID: 8861
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2012 09:42
Last Modified: 02 Jan 2014 19:26
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/8861

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