Bibliography of weight-length and length-length relationships for 18 saltwater fishes




Classen, N.L.
Saul, G.E.

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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Coastal Fisheries Branch


A bibliography of published weight-length and length-length relationships is presented for Atlantic croaker (Micropogonias undulatus), black drum (Pogonias cromis), cobia (Rachycentron canadum), dolphin (Coryphaena hippurus), gulf menhaden (Brevoortia patronus), hardhead catfish (Arius felis), king mackerel (Scombermorus cavalla), pinfish (Lagodon rhomboides), red drum ( Sciaenops ocellatus), red snapper (Lutjanus campechanus), sand trout (Cynoscion arenarius), sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus), southern flounder (Paralichthys lethostigma), Spanish mackerel (S. maculatus), spot (Leiostomus xanthurus), spotted seatrout (C. nebulosus), striped mullet (Mugil cephalus), and vermilion snapper (Rhomboplites aurorubens). Seventy-four weight-length and 28 length-length references were found. Not all estimates for a single species were the same among the references. Suitable regression equations were chosen for use by Texas fisheries managers based on sample size, distribution of sample lengths across the length range, geographic area sampled and sex, if relevant to the species. Factors affecting the weight-length and length-length relationships were also identified.


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marine fish, size distribution, bibliographies, length-weight relationships, Atlantic croaker, Micropogon undulatus, black drum, Pogonias cromis, cobia, Rachycentron canadum, dolphin fish, Coryphaena hippurus, gulf menhaden, Brevoortia patronus, hardhead catfish, Arius felis, king mackerel, Scomberomorus cavalla, pinfish, Lagodon rhomboides, red drum, Sciaenops ocellata, red snapper, Lutjanus campechanus, sand trout, Cynoscion arenarius, sheepshead, Archosargus probatocephalus, southern flounder, Paralichthys lethostigma, Spanish mackerel, Scomberomorus maculatus, spot, Leiostomus xanthurus, spotted seatrout, Cynoscion nebulosus, striped mullet, Mugil cephalus, vermillion snapper, Rhomboplites aurorubens