Development of larval and early juvenile penpoint gunnel (Apodichthys flavidus) (family: Pholidae)

De Forest, Lisa G. and Busby, Morgan S. (2006) Development of larval and early juvenile penpoint gunnel (Apodichthys flavidus) (family: Pholidae). Fishery Bulletin, 104(3), pp. 476-481.

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The penpoint gunnel (Apodichthys flavidus) is a member of the perciform family Pholidae. Pholids, commonly referred to as gunnels, are eel-like fishes that inhabit the rocky intertidal and subtidal regions of the northern oceans and are often associated with macroalgae, such as Fucus spp. or kelp (Watson, 1996). Gunnels are ecologically important forage fishes that form part of the diet of birds and commercially important groundfish species (Hobson and Sealy, 1985; NMFS1; Golet et al., 2000). The diet of A. flavidus and other pholids comprises primarily harpactacoid copepods, gammarid amphipods, isopods, and other crustaceans (Cross, 1981). Apodichthys flavidus ranges along the west coast of North America from southern California to the Gulf of Alaska (Mecklenburg et al., 2002). Adult A. flavidus are distinguished from other pholids by their total vertebral counts, the presence of a thick and grooved first anal spine, a preanal length that is approximately 60% standard length (SL), and a dark green to light olive coloration (Yatsu, 1981). It is one of the largest pholids (up to 46 cm) and is important in the live fish trade for both home and public aquaria (Froese and Pauly2).

Item Type: Article
Title: Development of larval and early juvenile penpoint gunnel (Apodichthys flavidus) (family: Pholidae)
Personal Creator/Author:
De Forest, Lisa G.
Busby, Morgan S.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Fishery Bulletin
Volume: 104
Number: 3
Page Range: pp. 476-481
Date: 2006
ISSN: 0090-0656
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Biology
Item ID: 8985
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2012 19:02
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2012 19:02

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