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Identifying individual great barracuda Sphyraena barracuda using natural body marks

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Shaun Wilson, Michael Evans


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Natural body marks on Sphyraena barracuda were recorded with digital images to identify individual fish. Over 18 months, 60 fish were photographed in situ, eight of which were re-photographed at later dates. Re-photographed fish were all large adults (>70 cm total length) and were all seen within 200 m of the site where they were originally observed 10-318 days prior. Over the same period and area, 116 fish were tagged using T-bar tags, yet none of these fish were recaptured. Natural body marks are thus an effective means of identifying and monitoring behaviour of individuals. © 2006 The Authors.

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Author(s): Wilson SK, Wilson DT, Lamont C, Evans M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Fish Biology

Year: 2006

Volume: 69

Issue: 3

Pages: 928-932

ISSN (print): 0022-1112

ISSN (electronic): 1095-8649

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell


DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8649.2006.01128.x


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