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The larval fish assemblage of the Nornalup-Walpole Estuary, a permanently open estuary on the southern coast of Western Australia

Neira, F.J. and Potter, I.C. (1994) The larval fish assemblage of the Nornalup-Walpole Estuary, a permanently open estuary on the southern coast of Western Australia. Marine and Freshwater Research, 45 (7). pp. 1193-1207.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF9941193
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Abstract

Fish larvae were sampled in the entrance channel and in the two basins of the permanently open Nornalup-Walpole Estuary, on the southern coast of Western Australia, in each month between October 1989 and September 1990. Sampling yielded a total of 39 068 larvae belonging to 36 species and 23 families, with the engraulidid Engraulis australis (56.7%) and the gobies Pseudogobius olorum (24.4%) and Favonigobius lateralis (15.0%) being the most abundant species. Most of the larvae were caught between November and March, with the concentrations of the most abundant species reaching peaks between January and March, when water temperatures had reached 21-24ºC. In terms of number of larvae, the larval fish assemblage in the basins was dominated by species that spawn within the estuary, with the larvae of these species contributing ≥98.7% to the totals at the basin sites. Although the larvae of 26 marine species were caught in the entrance channel, these were either rare or absent in the basins, except for those of the terapontid Pelates sexlineatus, which were moderately abundant in the outer basin. The fact that the larvae of most of these marine species were at the preflexion stage, and that all but three of those species had never been previously recorded as either juveniles or adults within the system, indicates that they were passively transported from outside the estuary. The absence of larvae of most of the marine teleosts that are abundant in the basins of the Nornalup-Walpole Estuary parallels the situation in the nearby and seasonally closed Wilson Inlet.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Copyright: © CSIRO 1994
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/18668
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