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Journal:   IRANIAN SCIENTIFIC FISHERIES JOURNAL   SPRING 2011 , Volume 20 , Number 1 (74); Page(s) 147 To 160.
 
Paper: 

GROWTH PATTERN AND DAILY GROWTH INCREMENT IN LANTERNFISH (BENTHOSEMA PTEROTUM) OF THE OMAN SEA

 
 
Author(s):  VALINASSAB T.*, HOSSEINI SHEKARABI P.
 
* IRANIAN FISHERIES RESEARCH ORGANIZATION, TEHRAN, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

Lanternfish (Benthosema pterptum) is one of the most important fish species in the Oman Sea. We randomly sampled 300 myctophids from different depths in spring and winter 2009 in the Oman Sea using mid-water trawls. Male to female sex ratio was 0.36:0.64. The thin sections (60-80 mm) of sagitta otoliths of the fish were prepared using polishing method. These sections showed that increment growth rings of lanternfish otolith are formed daily and the age condition is distinguishable on a daily basis. We found the life span of the species to be short (with a maximum of 349 micro-increments counted) and probably less than a year. The relationship between standard length (SL) and daily growth increment (D) was expressed as the linear equation: SL=0.87D+12.37 (R2=0.97). The relationship between lanternfish weight (W) and daily growth increment (D) was expressed as power equation: W=0.00003D1.754 (R2=0.95). Furthermore, morphometrical characteristics of otolith including otolith weight and length and daily growth increment relationships were expressed as linear equation (R2=0.96 and R2=0.83). The results showed that lanternfish growth rate were in the range 0.241mm/d-1 to 0.138mm/d-1 and decreased by body size and age in this range.

 
Keyword(s): LANTEMFISH, BENTHOSEMA PTEROTUM, OTOLITH, MORPHOMETRIC, OMAN SEA
 
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