Movement of gray snapper Lutjanus griseus among subtropical seagrass, mangrove, and coral reef habitats

Jiangang Luo, Joseph E. Serafy, Su Sponaugle, Paul B. Teare, David Kieckbusch

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

78 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Many fishes are thought to make diel, seasonal and/or ontogenetic migrations among seagrass, mangrove, and coral reef habitats. However, most evidence of such movement has been inferred from density and size structure differences among these habitats in tropical waters. The aim of the present study was to directly evaluate multiple habitat use by an ecologically and economically important reef fish, the gray snapper Lutjanus griseus, in subtropical waters. An integrated set of activities was conducted, including tagging and tracking of individuals and underwater video photography to examine the spatial and temporal dynamics of movements among neighboring mangrove, seagrass, and coral reef habitats in the northern Florida Keys, USA. Results of ultrasonic acoustic and mini-archival tagging indicated that L. griseus exhibits: (1) a distinct diel migration pattern, whereby shallow seagrass beds are frequented nocturnally and mangroves and other habitats with complex structure are occupied diurnally, and (2) bay-to-ocean movement, occurring during the known spawning season of L. griseus in this region. Video photography confirmed diel movement among seagrass and mangrove habitats. Results of this subtropical study corroborate direct and indirect evidence obtained in tropical waters of multiple inshore habitat use by L. griseus, as well as its seasonal movement into or towards offshore reefs. For resource managers charged with designing and implementing management plans for subtropical coastal habitats and fisheries, our findings provide direct support for the strategy of conserving both inshore seagrass and mangrove habitats as well as offshore coral reefs. tagging, Underwater video

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-269
Number of pages15
JournalMarine Ecology Progress Series
Volume380
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 29 2009
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

Lutjanus
snapper
seagrass
mangrove
coral reefs
coral reef
habitat
habitats
tagging
photography
habitat use
reef
diel migration
reefs
size structure
fish
water
migratory behavior
spawning
acoustics

Keywords

  • Acoustic
  • Diel
  • Gray snapper
  • Mangrove
  • Movement
  • Reef
  • Seagrass
  • Seasonal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

Cite this

Movement of gray snapper Lutjanus griseus among subtropical seagrass, mangrove, and coral reef habitats. / Luo, Jiangang; Serafy, Joseph E.; Sponaugle, Su; Teare, Paul B.; Kieckbusch, David.

In: Marine Ecology Progress Series, Vol. 380, 29.06.2009, p. 255-269.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Luo, Jiangang ; Serafy, Joseph E. ; Sponaugle, Su ; Teare, Paul B. ; Kieckbusch, David. / Movement of gray snapper Lutjanus griseus among subtropical seagrass, mangrove, and coral reef habitats. In: Marine Ecology Progress Series. 2009 ; Vol. 380. pp. 255-269.
@article{40c8e7f2a9f443afa6ddf9c7a9c07165,
title = "Movement of gray snapper Lutjanus griseus among subtropical seagrass, mangrove, and coral reef habitats",
abstract = "Many fishes are thought to make diel, seasonal and/or ontogenetic migrations among seagrass, mangrove, and coral reef habitats. However, most evidence of such movement has been inferred from density and size structure differences among these habitats in tropical waters. The aim of the present study was to directly evaluate multiple habitat use by an ecologically and economically important reef fish, the gray snapper Lutjanus griseus, in subtropical waters. An integrated set of activities was conducted, including tagging and tracking of individuals and underwater video photography to examine the spatial and temporal dynamics of movements among neighboring mangrove, seagrass, and coral reef habitats in the northern Florida Keys, USA. Results of ultrasonic acoustic and mini-archival tagging indicated that L. griseus exhibits: (1) a distinct diel migration pattern, whereby shallow seagrass beds are frequented nocturnally and mangroves and other habitats with complex structure are occupied diurnally, and (2) bay-to-ocean movement, occurring during the known spawning season of L. griseus in this region. Video photography confirmed diel movement among seagrass and mangrove habitats. Results of this subtropical study corroborate direct and indirect evidence obtained in tropical waters of multiple inshore habitat use by L. griseus, as well as its seasonal movement into or towards offshore reefs. For resource managers charged with designing and implementing management plans for subtropical coastal habitats and fisheries, our findings provide direct support for the strategy of conserving both inshore seagrass and mangrove habitats as well as offshore coral reefs. tagging, Underwater video",
keywords = "Acoustic, Diel, Gray snapper, Mangrove, Movement, Reef, Seagrass, Seasonal",
author = "Jiangang Luo and Serafy, {Joseph E.} and Su Sponaugle and Teare, {Paul B.} and David Kieckbusch",
year = "2009",
month = "6",
day = "29",
doi = "10.3354/meps07911",
language = "English",
volume = "380",
pages = "255--269",
journal = "Marine Ecology - Progress Series",
issn = "0171-8630",
publisher = "Inter-Research",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Movement of gray snapper Lutjanus griseus among subtropical seagrass, mangrove, and coral reef habitats

AU - Luo, Jiangang

AU - Serafy, Joseph E.

AU - Sponaugle, Su

AU - Teare, Paul B.

AU - Kieckbusch, David

PY - 2009/6/29

Y1 - 2009/6/29

N2 - Many fishes are thought to make diel, seasonal and/or ontogenetic migrations among seagrass, mangrove, and coral reef habitats. However, most evidence of such movement has been inferred from density and size structure differences among these habitats in tropical waters. The aim of the present study was to directly evaluate multiple habitat use by an ecologically and economically important reef fish, the gray snapper Lutjanus griseus, in subtropical waters. An integrated set of activities was conducted, including tagging and tracking of individuals and underwater video photography to examine the spatial and temporal dynamics of movements among neighboring mangrove, seagrass, and coral reef habitats in the northern Florida Keys, USA. Results of ultrasonic acoustic and mini-archival tagging indicated that L. griseus exhibits: (1) a distinct diel migration pattern, whereby shallow seagrass beds are frequented nocturnally and mangroves and other habitats with complex structure are occupied diurnally, and (2) bay-to-ocean movement, occurring during the known spawning season of L. griseus in this region. Video photography confirmed diel movement among seagrass and mangrove habitats. Results of this subtropical study corroborate direct and indirect evidence obtained in tropical waters of multiple inshore habitat use by L. griseus, as well as its seasonal movement into or towards offshore reefs. For resource managers charged with designing and implementing management plans for subtropical coastal habitats and fisheries, our findings provide direct support for the strategy of conserving both inshore seagrass and mangrove habitats as well as offshore coral reefs. tagging, Underwater video

AB - Many fishes are thought to make diel, seasonal and/or ontogenetic migrations among seagrass, mangrove, and coral reef habitats. However, most evidence of such movement has been inferred from density and size structure differences among these habitats in tropical waters. The aim of the present study was to directly evaluate multiple habitat use by an ecologically and economically important reef fish, the gray snapper Lutjanus griseus, in subtropical waters. An integrated set of activities was conducted, including tagging and tracking of individuals and underwater video photography to examine the spatial and temporal dynamics of movements among neighboring mangrove, seagrass, and coral reef habitats in the northern Florida Keys, USA. Results of ultrasonic acoustic and mini-archival tagging indicated that L. griseus exhibits: (1) a distinct diel migration pattern, whereby shallow seagrass beds are frequented nocturnally and mangroves and other habitats with complex structure are occupied diurnally, and (2) bay-to-ocean movement, occurring during the known spawning season of L. griseus in this region. Video photography confirmed diel movement among seagrass and mangrove habitats. Results of this subtropical study corroborate direct and indirect evidence obtained in tropical waters of multiple inshore habitat use by L. griseus, as well as its seasonal movement into or towards offshore reefs. For resource managers charged with designing and implementing management plans for subtropical coastal habitats and fisheries, our findings provide direct support for the strategy of conserving both inshore seagrass and mangrove habitats as well as offshore coral reefs. tagging, Underwater video

KW - Acoustic

KW - Diel

KW - Gray snapper

KW - Mangrove

KW - Movement

KW - Reef

KW - Seagrass

KW - Seasonal

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=67649196755&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=67649196755&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.3354/meps07911

DO - 10.3354/meps07911

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:67649196755

VL - 380

SP - 255

EP - 269

JO - Marine Ecology - Progress Series

JF - Marine Ecology - Progress Series

SN - 0171-8630

ER -