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Title: Age and growth of the whale shark, Rhyncodon typus in the northwestern Pacific.
Authors: Hsu H. H.;S. J. Joung;R. Hueter;K. M. Liu.
Contributors: NTOU:Institute of Marine Affairs and Resource Managemen
Keywords: band pair;Taiwan;vertebra;X-ray
Date: 2014
Issue Date: 2015-05-19T06:43:49Z
Publisher: Marine and Freshwater Research
Abstract: This study estimated age and growth of the largest extant fish, the whale shark (Rhincodon typus) by counting vertebral band pairs from 92 specimens comprising 43 males (2.68–9.88 m total length [TL]), 30 females (1.60–7.02 m TL), and 19 unsexed individuals (2.83–6.67 m TL) taken by Taiwanese commercial fisheries during 2001–06. Growth band pairs up to 25 and 42 were counted for a 6.38-m TL female and a 9.88-m TL male, respectively. Using marginal increment ratio and centrum edge analysis, band pairs were postulated to be formed twice a year. The two-parameter von Bertalanffy growth function provided the best fit without significant differences between sexes. Growth parameters were calculated for both sexes as L∞ = 16.80 m TL, k = 0.037 year–1; annual band pair formation would modify these parameters to L∞ = 15.34 m TL, k = 0.021 year–1. Using data reported in another study for 50% size at maturity for males (8.1 m TL), and the largest immature and smallest mature females (8.7 and 9.6 m TL, respectively) in the Indo-Pacific, these TLs converted to ages at maturity of 17 years for males and 19–22 years for females. The longevity was calculated to be 80.4 years.
Relation: 65(12), pp.1145-1154
URI: http://ntour.ntou.edu.tw/handle/987654321/36659
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