Title

Seasonal and Interannual Variation In the Energetic Condition of Adult Male Atlantic Sharpnose Shark Rhizoprionodon terraenovae In the Northern Gulf of Mexico

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-1-2006

Department

Coastal Sciences, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory

Abstract

One hundred and thirty Atlantic sharpnose shark Rhizoprionodon terraenovae livers were collected from April 1999 to October 2001 from inshore waters of the Mississippi Sound to investigate seasonal and inter-annual variation in their energetic condition. A decline in the hepato-somatic index (I-H) was observed from 1999 to 2001. In addition, I-H, liver specific energy content and total energy content were lowest during the summer and highest during the spring and autumn, while liver water content was highest during the summer and lowest during the spring and autumn.

Publication Title

Journal of Fish Biology

Volume

68

Issue

2

First Page

645

Last Page

653