Scientia Marina, Vol 68, No 3 (2004)

Growth of juvenile salema, Sarpa salpa (Teleostei: Sparidae) in the Kornati Archipelago, eastern Adriatic Sea


https://doi.org/10.3989/scimar.2004.68n3411

Sanja Matic-Skoko
Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, Croatia

Miro Kraljevic
Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, Croatia

Jakov Dulcic
Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, Croatia

Armin Pallaoro
Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, Croatia

Abstract


Growth of juvenile Sarpa salpa from the Kornati Archipelago, eastern middle Adriatic Sea was analysed. A total of 1515 juveniles, ranging in length from 1.6 to 14.2 cm, were caught. Most individuals (94.65%) belonged to the 0+ cohort. The first settlers were aged 1.5-2.0 months, and probably entered shallow coves at the end of November. The relationship between total length and weight indicates positive allometric growth (b = 3.284). The condition factor, as a consequence of length-weight relationship, was CF = 1.41. The parabolic (c = 0.023 mm days-1; R2= 0.936) and Gompertz (c = 0.047 mm days-1; R2 = 0.897) growth models seem to be the most appropriate for the description of young S. salpa growth.

Keywords


juvenile growth; Sparidae; Sarpa salpa; Kornati Arhipelago; Adriatic Sea

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