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An updated check list of the ichthyofaunal species assemblage of the Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa

A.D. Wood, S.L. Brouwer, P.D. Cowley, T.D. Harrison
Koedoe | Vol 43, No 1 | a211 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v43i1.211 | © 2000 A.D. Wood, S.L. Brouwer, P.D. Cowley, T.D. Harrison | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 02 July 2000 | Published: 02 July 2000

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This work summarises ichthyological research in the Tsitsikamma National Park (TNP) over the past 20 years, and an updated species check list of fishes has been compiled. A total of 202 species of fishes from 84 families has been recorded within the boundaries of the national park. All species which have been included were identified from visual transects, rotenone collections, estuarine surveys, ichthyoplankton surveys, mark/recapture studies and personal observations. The ichthyofauna is a diverse assemblage of chondrichthyans and teleosts, 75 (37.1) of which are components of commercial and recreational fisheries along the east coast. Surveys also indicate that the TNP provides refuge to all life history stages for 17 of the commercial and recreational teleost species. The need for more detailed collections of previously neglected teleost and chondrichthyan groups is recognised. The number of species and diversity demonstrates that the TNP appears not only to afford protection to exploited fish species, but also fulfills one of the basic requirements of Marine Protected Areas@that of conserving biodiversity (of fishes).


Tsitsikamma ichthyofaunal species assemblage; teleosts; chondrichthyans; Marine Protected Areas; biodiversity.


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