oa African Zoology - Species identification, distribution and abundance of Gerreidae (Teleostei) Bleeker,1859 in the estuaries of Natal

Volume 17, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



Comparison of published meristic and taxonomic data with measurements taken from specimens collected from Natal estuaries have provided information for an identification key to the Gerres of southern Africa. Body markings were different on each species of fry (> 40 mm S.L.) as well as immatures and adults (> 40 mm S.L.). A comparison of otoliths from the different species showed that they can be used to Identify specimens from a standard length of 20 mm. Turbidity may be a factor limiting the distribution of the genus in estuaries. The known distribution of Gerres species in the estuaries of southern Africa is given. The species of Gerres which is dominant in a particular locality depends on the salinity.

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