Whale sharks as oceanic nurseries for Golden Trevally

Sheaves, M., Mattone, C., Barnett, A., Abrantes, K., Bradley, M., Sheaves, A., Sheaves, J., and Waltham, N.J. (2024) Whale sharks as oceanic nurseries for Golden Trevally. Pacific Conservation Biology, 30 (1). PC23004.

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The Golden Trevally, Gnathanodon speciosus, is a large predatory fish with an extremely broad tropical Indo-Pacific distribution that crosses many biogeographical boundaries. Both published information and freely available imagery suggest that small juvenile G. speciosus are often associated with whale sharks, Rhincodon typus; an association that could explain the unusually widespread distribution of G. speciosus, and suggests a novel nursery relationship. The possibility of such an association has the potential to reshape our understanding of the ecological roles played by long-range migrants such as R. typus and other megafauna, our understanding of the full extent of their conservation value, and how we manage both members of the relationship.

Item ID: 79216
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2204-4604
Keywords: commensalism, dispersal, Gnathanodon speciosus, Golden Trevally, Indo-Pacific, mobile nurseries, Rhincodon typus, whale shark
Copyright Information: © 2023 The Author(s) (or their employer(s)). Published by CSIRO Publishing. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND)
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2023 03:45
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