The scarecrow toadfish: Habitat, abundance and size at maturity at Bimini, Bahamas

S. P. Newman, S. H. Gruber, R. D. Handy

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Abstract

Six scarecrow toadfish Opsanus phobetron were found in the stomachs of five juvenile lemon sharks Negaprion brevirostris, and subsequent sampling yielded 29 O. phobetron specimens from mangroves (45% of toadfish), conch shells (28%). and seagrass beds (25%) around Bimini, Bahamas during the winter. The presence of large numbers of scarecrow toadfish including mature females, when the water temperature was >22° C, suggests that this is a successful breeding tropical population and not a glacial relict.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)248-252
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Fish Biology
Volume64
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004

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Batrachoididae
Phobetron
size at maturity
Bahamas
shark
Negaprion brevirostris
seagrass
mangrove
water temperature
breeding
shell
winter
sampling
habitat
habitats
Opsanus
stomach

Keywords

  • Lemon shark
  • Mangrove
  • Opsanus phobetron
  • Scarecrow toadfish
  • Sexual maturity
  • Temperature

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  • Aquatic Science

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The scarecrow toadfish : Habitat, abundance and size at maturity at Bimini, Bahamas. / Newman, S. P.; Gruber, S. H.; Handy, R. D.

In: Journal of Fish Biology, Vol. 64, No. 1, 01.01.2004, p. 248-252.

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Newman, S. P. ; Gruber, S. H. ; Handy, R. D. / The scarecrow toadfish : Habitat, abundance and size at maturity at Bimini, Bahamas. In: Journal of Fish Biology. 2004 ; Vol. 64, No. 1. pp. 248-252.
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