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Free Content An Ecological Study of the Gulf of Mexico Fishes, in the Vicinity of Cedar Key, Florida

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An investigation of the fishes which inhabit the extensive shallow areas and channels in the vicinity of Cedar Key, Florida, was made from June, 1950, through May, 1951. The muddy sand-bottomed “flats” supported rich growths of vegetation during the warm months and a varied and abundant fish fauna found food and shelter among the plants. Over 13,000 specimens were collected and 122 species representing 100 genera and 58 families are included in an annotated list. The kinds and numbers of fishes varied seasonally, the greatest variety of species and abundance of individuals were found during the summer and early fall. Breeding occurred generally during the spring months. Food studies indicated that microcrustaceans, malacostracans, shrimps, annelid worms, mollusks, crabs, and fishes were the principal food organisms utilized by the shallow water fishes. Of the environmental factors, salinity did not appear to be critical while water temperature and bottom composition seemed to exert considerable influence on the local fish population.

The Cedar Key fauna was found to consist predominantly of species more characteristically associated with temperate climate. However, comparison with the fauna of Texas and North Carolina shows a considerably greater proportion of West Indian forms at Cedar Key.
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Publication date: 1954-01-01

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