Species composition, community structure and zoogeography of fishes of mangrove estuaries in the Solomon Islands

  title={Species composition, community structure and zoogeography of fishes of mangrove estuaries in the Solomon Islands},
  author={Steven Blaber and David A. Milton},
  journal={Marine Biology},
Mangrove estuaries in the Solomon Islands are well developed, but are small and isolated from each other by extensive fringing coral reef lagoons. A total of 136 species of fish were recorded from 13 estuaries (6 estuaries in Kolombangara, 3 in New Georgia, 3 in Rendova and 1 in the Florida Group); none contained more than 50 species. Sampling took place during five 3 wk expeditions from 1986 to 1988. The mean biomass of 11.60 g m−2 is comparable with that of similar estuaries in northern… 

Fishes of a shallow tropical mangrove estuary, Gazi, Kenya

The composition and abundance of teleosts in an estuarine mangrove bay, sampled with a beach seine-net, are described and most families of commercial fish sought by fishers in the area were represented in the samples.

Community structure and temporal variability of ichthyoplankton in North Brazilian mangrove creeks

The species composition and dynamics of fish larvae in three mangrove creeks located in the Caete Estuary (north Brazil) were studied monthly using a trap net during diurnal ebb tides, indicating continuous transport out of the mangroves by tidal currents.

Temporal patterns in a fish assemblage of a semiarid mangrove zone in Madagascar

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Ichthyofauna in Mangrove Estuaries of the Okinawa , Miyako , Ishigaki and Iriomote Islands during August from 2000 to 2002

The temporal and spatial patterns of species composition and the abundance of fish in the mangrove estuaries of the Gesashi River on Okinawa Island, the Shimajiri River on Miyako Island, the Nagura

Estuaries as juvenile habitats for lutjanid and serranid fishes in tropical northeastern Australia

The species compositions and life-histories of lutjanid and serranid fishes inhabiting estuaries along the north-eastern coast of tropical Australia were investigated and it was found that these species possess three distinct life-history stages (pelagic larvae, estuarine juveniles, offshore adults) that correspond to major habitat shifts.

Density, biomass and species composition of fish in a subtropical Rhizophora stylosa mangrove forest

Although the fish use of this subtropical R. stylosa forest was low, this habitat is important as a feeding and nursery area for fish species that contribute to the fisheries value of the region.

Use of Intertidal Mangrove by Juvenile Fishes: the Case of Mae Klong Estuary, Inner Gulf of Thailand

The catches consisted primarily of juveniles or adults of small- sized fishes, indicating that the Mae Klong Estuary was important of nursery ground for fishes, which have implications for the management of fisheries resources and mangroves in such estuaries.

Structure, composition and seasonal dynamics of the larval and juvenile fish community in the mangrove estuary of Tanshui River, Taiwan

There was a separation in peak-immigration and seasonal utilization of the estuary by the dominant species, and the abundance of fish larvae and juveniles decreased in an upstream direction.

Patterns of distribution and abundance of fishes in different habitats of a mangrove-lined tropical estuary, as determined by fish trapping

In trap catches, the total number of fish, the number of species, and the numbers of individuals of the most common species showed a general decline towards the upper areas of the estuary and generally were higher in 'snag' habitats than in areas lacking such structures.

Community structure and zoogeographic affinities of the coastal fishes of the Dampier region of north-western Australia.

Both mangroves and open shores have a diversity of species typical of Indo-west Pacific coastal waters but the physical conditions have modified the community structure both to exclude many families that prefer areas of higher turbidity and reduced salinity, and to include others that usually occur only in clear waters.

Fish of Trinity Inlet system of north Queensland with notes on the ecology of fish faunas of tropical Indo-Pacific estuaries

Physical data indicate that substrate, turbidity and depth, together with relatively calm water in estuaries, affect the distribution ofjuvenile marine fish and if Trinity Bay is representative of areas of open water adjacent to tropical estuary, the significantly lower numbers of piscivores in the estuary may increase their advantage as sanctuaries for juvenile fish.


  • J. Day
  • Environmental Science
  • 1974
Summary Morrumbene is a tropical estuary which opens into Inhambane Bay at 23°S on the coast of Mocambique. It is 193 km2 in area and 20 km long with well-developed mangrove swamps draining into a

The fish community of an East African mangrove creek

A discrepancy between the catch composition of larvae and juveniles suggests that species that use the creek as a nursery area enter the system principally at a post-larval/ juvenile stage of development.

Utilization of the red mangrove prop root habitat by fishes in south Florida

Analysis of the stomach contents of gray snapper Lutjanus griseus suggested that smaller snapper tend to feed in the prop root habitat while larger snapper may forage out into adjacent areas to feed.

Mangrove fishes of New Guinea

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Genetic structure of barramundi (Lates calcarifer) stocks from northern Australia

The considerable amount of heterogeneity observed suggests that each of these seven localities supports a genetically discrete stock of barramundi; this conclusion is consistent with the documented life history of Australian barramondi.

Early life history of the red drum,Sciaenops ocellatus (Pisces: Sciaenidae), in Tampa Bay, Florida

Analysis of otoliths and length-frequency distributions indicate that spawning took place from mid-August through late November with a major peak during October in 1981 and 1982, indicating thatSpawning took place in the bay mouth or nearshore waters.