oa African Zoology - Contributions to the biology of the Cape gurnard, Trigla capensis (Pisces: Triglidae): age, growth and reproduction

Volume 12, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



Study of otoliths of the Cape gurnard, Trigla capensis, has established that the rings are annular. An opaque zone is formed from February to July and a hyaline zone during the spawning season from August to March. Females grow faster than males. Male fishes are sexually mature at a total length of 37 cm at the end of the fifth year. The female fishes are all sexually mature at a total length of 35 cm at the age of four years.

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