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Distribution, size frequency, and sex ratios of blacktip reef sharks Carcharhinus melanopterus at Palmyra Atoll: a predator-dominated ecosystem

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Blacktip reef sharks Carcharhinus melanopterus were the most abundant predator in the lagoons at Palmyra Atoll. They were evenly distributed throughout the lagoons, although there was some evidence of sexual segregation. Males reach sexual maturity between 940–1020 mm LT. Bird remains were found in some C. melanopterus stomachs. C. melanopterus at Palmyra appear to be smaller than those at other locations.
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Keywords: CPUE; diet; sexual segregation; size of maturity

Document Type: Regular Paper

Affiliations: 1: Marine Science Institute, University of California Santa Barbara, California 93106, U.S.A., 2: NOAA–NOS–NCCOS, Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment, Biogeography Branch and the Oceanic Institute, Waimanalo, Hawaii 96795, U.S.A. and 3: Department of Biological Sciences, California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, California 90840, U.S.A.

Publication date: August 1, 2009

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