|Early life history of the snook, Centropomus undecimalis, in Tampa Bay, Florida|
McMichael Jr., R.H.; Peters, K.M.; Parsons, G.R. (1989). Early life history of the snook, Centropomus undecimalis, in Tampa Bay, Florida. N.E. Gulf Sci. 10(2): 113-125
In: Northeast Gulf Science. Marine Environmental Science Consortium of Alabama: Dauphin Island. ISSN 0148-9836
Aquatic organisms > Marine organisms > Fish > Marine fish
Developmental stages > Juveniles
Population functions > Growth
Centropomus undecimalis (Bloch, 1792) [WoRMS]
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- McMichael Jr., R.H.
- Peters, K.M.
- Parsons, G.R.
Data accumulated during four sampling programs and incidental sampling are used to describe the distribution, growth, range of hatching dates, and diet of juvenile snook, Centropomus undecimalis, from Tampa Bay, Florida. A total of 1,655 juvenile snook ranging from 10 to 346 mm SL were collected (72% < 70 mm SL). Small juveniles were common in small, quiet marshes, creeks, and lagoons, but their presence was not limited to areas with any single salinity range or vegetation type. Larger juveniles occupied similar habitats but were also found along more open bay and river shores. Length-frequency and otolith analyses were used to determine juvenile growth rates, which varied from 0.5 to 1.2 mm SL/day depending on the spawning date, size, and collection date.