Growth of Captive Juvenile Tripletail Lobotes surinamensis
Early-juvenile tripletail Lobotes surinamensis (n = 27; range 45–115 mm TL, 0 = 73.0 mm; range 3.2–34.7 g TW, 0 = 12.9 g) captured in pelagic Sargassum algae off coastal Mississippi in mid-July 1999 were reared in a recirculating seawater system for 210 days. Fish were maintained on a natural light-dark cycle and fed to satiation 3 times per day. Water temperature ranged from 25.2° to 29.0° C and salinity was 28.0‰. All fish were measured for length and weight on days 1, 60, 135 and 210 of the study. Between these dates, mean daily TL growth rates were 2.2 mm/day, 1.2 mm/day, and 1.0 mm/day, respectively, where as 0 daily TW growth rates were 2.9 g/day, 4.3 g/day, and 7.1 g/day. Over the entire study, 0 TL and TW growth rates were 1.4 mm/day and 4.9 g/day, respectively. There was a significant correlation between length and weight vs. date of measurement. At the end of the study, specimens ranged from 272–431 mm TL (0 = 359 mm) and from 443.9–2,380.0 g TW (0 = 1,012.5 g).
Franks, J. S., J. T. Ogle, J. Hendon, D. N. Barnes and L. Nicholson.
Growth of Captive Juvenile Tripletail Lobotes surinamensis.
Gulf and Caribbean Research
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