The short-lived neon damsel Pomacentrus coelestis: implications for population dynamics

Kingsford, M.J., O'Callaghan, M.D., Liggens, L., and Gerlach, Gabriele (2017) The short-lived neon damsel Pomacentrus coelestis: implications for population dynamics. Journal of Fish Biology, 90 (5). pp. 2041-2059.

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Abstract

Daily increments of Pomacentrus coelestis, an abundant and well-studied fish, were validated for the life of the fish and depending on the location, age-maxima were estimated to be 127–160 days on reefs separated by tens to hundreds of kilometres on the Great Barrier Reef. This contrasts with congeners and other damselfishes that live for 5 years or more. Otoliths of P. coelestis were thinner and had different patterns of banding when compared with relatively long-lived congeners. It is suggested that banding patterns in P. coelestis may be related to patterns of maturation and spawning. The consequences of a short life would have a great influence on the population dynamics of this widespread species. Further, the demographics and habitat preferences of this species suggest rapid colonization and establishment of breeding populations that would quickly change the relative abundance of sympatric fishes.

Item ID: 48585
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1095-8649
Keywords: age; age structure; coral-reef-fish; otolith; Pomacentridae; population-dynamics.
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, German Science Foundation, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA), University of Queensland (UQ), Paddy Pallin Foundation (PPF), Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation (SWR), Queensland Government (QG)
Projects and Grants: GBRMPA Science for Management Award, PPF Science Grant, SWR/1/2012, UQ Australian Postgraduate Award, QG Smart Futures PhD Scholarship
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2017 05:48
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0608 Zoology > 060809 Vertebrate Biology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 100%
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