Life-history characteristics of the eastern shovelnose ray, Aptychotrema rostrata (Shaw, 1794), from southern Queensland, Australia

Campbell, Matthew J., McLennan, Mark F., Courtney, Anthony J., and Simpfendorfer, Colin A. (2021) Life-history characteristics of the eastern shovelnose ray, Aptychotrema rostrata (Shaw, 1794), from southern Queensland, Australia. Marine and Freshwater Research, 72 (9). pp. 1280-1289.

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The eastern shovelnose ray (Aptychotrema rostrata) is a medium-sized coastal batoid endemic to the eastern coast of Australia. It is the most common elasmobranch incidentally caught in the Queensland east coast otter trawl fishery, Australia's largest penaeid-trawl fishery. Despite this, age and growth studies on this species are lacking. The present study estimated the growth parameters and age-at-maturity for A. rostrata on the basis of sampling conducted in southern Queensland, Australia. This study showed that A. rostrata exhibits slow growth and late maturity, which are common life-history strategies among elasmobranchs. Length-at-age data were analysed within a Bayesian framework and the von Bertalanffy growth function (VBGF) best described these data. The growth parameters were estimated as L0 = 193 mm TL, k = 0.08 year-1 and L∞ = 924 mm TL. Age-at-maturity was found to be 13.3 years and 10.0 years for females and males respectively. The under-sampling of larger, older individuals was overcome by using informative priors, reducing bias in the growth and maturity estimates. As such, the results can be used to derive estimates of natural mortality for this species.

Item ID: 70243
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1448-6059
Keywords: age-at-maturity, Aptychotrema rostrata, elasmobranch, growth, life history
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Copyright Information: © CSIRO 2021 Open Access CC BY. © The State of Queensland (through the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Queensland) [2021] and The Authors 2021.
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2021 01:33
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