Title

Seasonal Occurrence of Atlantic Cutlassfish, Trichiurus lepturus, in Southeastern Florida with Notes on Reproduction and Stomach Contents

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Summer 2007

Publication Title

Florida Scientist

Keywords

Cutlassfish, Migration, Port Everglades, Reproduction, Trichiurus lepturus

ISSN

0098-4590

Volume

70

Issue/No.

3

First Page

297

Last Page

301

Abstract

The Atlantic cutlassfish, Trichiurus lepturus, occurs in tropical and temperate waters including United States coastal waters. Although T. lepturus is an important commercial species, and its biology and ecology have been studied in various oceans, little research has been conducted in the western Atlantic. In the winter of 2005, T. lepturus were abundant in Port Everglades, Florida. Thirty-four of thirty-six fish, collected by hook and line were females and a gonosomatic index indicated a spawning interval during the months of January and February. However, during the same months in 2006 T. lepturus were absent or of low abundance.

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Copyright Florida Academy of Sciences, Inc. Summer 2007

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