Settlement of gilthead sea bream Sparus aurata L. in a southern Irish Sea coastal habitat

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Abstract:

For the first time, early juvenile stages of gilthead sea bream Sparus aurata were consistently collected in a brackish estuarine area in the southern Irish Sea over a period of 4 months. This finding, in connection with other recent evidence, raises the possibility that S. aurata may currently spawn, or at least successfully settle, in more northern locations than previously known.

Keywords: Sparus aurata; colonization; estuaries; fish migration; sea surface temperature; spawning

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1095-8649.2007.01644.x

Affiliations: 1: Marine Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution, UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland 2: Biology Department, University of New Brunswick, P. O. Bag Service 45111, Fredericton, E3B 6E1, Canada

Publication date: January 1, 2008

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