Effects of Storms on the Shallow-Water Fish Fauna of Southern Florida with New Records of Fishes from Florida
The passage of storms or persistence of onshore winds result in turbulent conditions in shallow, inshore waters and in fish kills of varying intensity. Species of fishes not normally found in shallow exposed locations may become established in such a habitat during periods or seasons of calm weather. These species are unable to withstand turbulent conditions and are killed apparently due to erosion of gill filaments by accumulated sediments. The importance of storms as a limiting factor in the shoreward distribution of many fishes is noted. The specimens collected after a storm kill in the region of Miami, Florida, include several species previously unrecorded or of rare occurrence in Florida waters. Otophidium grayi is shown to be a species distinct from O. omostigmum with which it had been previously synonymized.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1957-01-01
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