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Mark and recapture studies of two reef sparids in the Tsitsikamma Coastal National Park

C.D. Buxton, J.C. Alien
Koedoe | Vol 32, No 1 | a463 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v32i1.463 | © 1989 C.D. Buxton, J.C. Alien | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 20 October 1989 | Published: 20 October 1989

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C.D. Buxton, Rhodes University, South Africa
J.C. Alien, Tsitsikamma Coastal National Park, South Africa

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A mark and recapture study of two reef sparids, Chrysoblephus laticeps and C. cristiceps, was done in the Tsitsikamma Coastal National Park. Fish were marked with plastic anchor tags and an intraperitoneal injection of oxytetracycline. All recaptures were taken within two kilometres of the tagging locality, suggesting that both species are resident in the area. Growth in length during the period at liberty was very variable and sometimes negative, but was comparable with published growth rates.


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