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Cross-continent comparisons reveal differing environmental drivers of growth of the coral reef fish, Lutjanus bohar

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dc.contributor Fac Engn Comp & Math
dc.contributor Australian Institute Of Marine Science
dc.contributor Univ Michigan
dc.contributor Sch Anim Biol M092
dc.contributor Govt Western Australia
dc.contributor Western Australian Fisheries & Marine Res Labs
dc.contributor Government Of Western Australia
dc.contributor Dept Fisheries
dc.contributor Univ Western Australia
dc.contributor Oceans Inst
dc.contributor Australian Inst Marine Sci
dc.contributor Oceans Inst M096
dc.contributor Sch Math & Stat
dc.contributor Ctr Marine Futures
dc.contributor University Of Western Australia
dc.contributor University Of Michigan
dc.contributor Museum Paleontol
dc.contributor Uwa
dc.contributor University Of Michigan System MEEKAN, MARK G. ONG, JOYCE J. L. ROUNTREY, ADAM N. MARRIOTT, ROSS J. NEWMAN, STEPHEN J. MEEUWIG, JESSICA J. 2017-03-31T01:49:25Z 2017-03-31T01:49:25Z 2020-07-20T00:37:38Z 2017-03-31T01:49:25Z 2017-03-31T01:49:25Z 2020-07-20T00:37:38Z 2017-03-01
dc.identifier.citation Ong JJL, Rountrey AN, Marriott RJ, Newman SJ, Meeuwig JJ, Meekan MG (2017) Cross-continent comparisons reveal differing environmental drivers of growth of the coral reef fish, Lutjanus bohar. Coral reefs 36: 195-206
dc.identifier.issn 0722-4028
dc.description.abstract Biochronologies provide important insights into the growth responses of fishes to past variability in physical and biological environments and, in so doing, allow modelling of likely responses to climate change in the future. We examined spatial variability in the key drivers of inter-annual growth patterns of a widespread, tropical snapper, Lutjanus bohar, at similar tropical latitudes on the north-western and north-eastern coasts of the continent of Australia. For this study, we developed biochronologies from otoliths that provided proxies of somatic growth and these were analysed using mixed-effects models to examine the historical drivers of growth. Our analyses demonstrated that growth patterns of fish were driven by different climatic and biological factors in each region, including Pacific Ocean climate indices, regional sea level and the size structure of the fish community. Our results showed that the local oceanographic and biological context of reef systems strongly influenced the growth of L. bohar and that a single age-related growth trend cannot be assumed for separate populations of this species that are likely to experience different environmental conditions. Generalised predictions about the growth response of fishes to climate change will thus require adequate characterisation of the spatial variability in growth determinants likely to be found throughout the range of species that have cosmopolitan distributions.
dc.description.sponsorship The authors acknowledge the facilities, and the scientific and technical assistance of the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility at the Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis, the University of Western Australia, a facility funded by the University, State and Commonwealth Governments. This work was funded by the Australian National Network in Marine Science, the Australian Institute of Marine Science and conducted as part of a PhD thesis funded by a scholarship from the Australian Postgraduate Awards. We thank the Effects of Line Fishing (ELF) Project and Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture at James Cook University for provision of samples from the Great Barrier Reef. The ELF Project had financial support from the Cooperative Research Centre for the Ecologically Sustainable Development of the Great Barrier Reef, the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, James Cook University and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
dc.language English
dc.subject Red Bass
dc.subject Great-barrier-reef
dc.subject Leeuwin Current
dc.subject Otolith Biochronology
dc.subject Climate Variability
dc.subject Spatial Variability
dc.subject Growth Trends
dc.subject Climate Change
dc.subject Nino-southern-oscillation
dc.subject Marine & Freshwater Biology
dc.subject Western-australia
dc.subject Patterns
dc.subject Indonesian Throughflow
dc.subject Climate-change
dc.subject Forsskal 1775
dc.subject Lutjanus Bohar
dc.subject Tropical Fish
dc.subject Fisheries
dc.subject Pacific
dc.subject Marine Fish
dc.title Cross-continent comparisons reveal differing environmental drivers of growth of the coral reef fish, Lutjanus bohar
dc.type journal article
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s00338-016-1520-2
dc.identifier.wos WOS:000394286300020

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