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Small-scale spatial variation in the elemental composition of otoliths of Stegastes nigricans (Pomacentridae) in French Polynesia

Lo-Yat, A., Meekan, Mark G., Munksgaard, Niels C., Parry, David L., Planes, S., Wolter, M. and Carleton, J. (2005). Small-scale spatial variation in the elemental composition of otoliths of Stegastes nigricans (Pomacentridae) in French Polynesia. Coral Reefs,24(4):646-653.

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Title Small-scale spatial variation in the elemental composition of otoliths of Stegastes nigricans (Pomacentridae) in French Polynesia
Author Lo-Yat, A.
Meekan, Mark G.
Munksgaard, Niels C.
Parry, David L.
Planes, S.
Wolter, M.
Carleton, J.
Journal Name Coral Reefs
Publication Date 2005
Volume Number 24
Issue Number 4
ISSN 1432-0975   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-28444476976
Start Page 646
End Page 653
Total Pages 8
Place of Publication Germany
Publisher Springer Publications
Field of Research 0399 - Other Chemical Sciences
0502 - Environmental Science and Management
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Solution-based inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) was used to determine if Stegastes nigricans collected from 15 sites in French Polynesia could be distinguished by the trace element composition of their otoliths. A total of 293 adults were collected by spearing and their otoliths were analysed. We found that elemental signatures differed significantly among sites within and between the islands of Tahiti and Moorea (p < 0.001), primarily due to variation in concentrations of the elements Ba, Ca, Li, Mg, Mn, Na, Sr and Y. The otoliths of fish collected within Papeete Harbour in Tahiti had distinctive elemental signatures characterised by relatively high concentrations of Mn. Otoliths of these fish could be distinguished from others that were collected only a small distance (200 m) from the harbour. This is the first time that differences in chemical composition of otoliths have been reported at such small spatial scales and this trait may prove useful for the studies of connectivity of populations at within reef scales.
Keywords otolith
coral reef fish
elemental fingerprint
connectivity
coral-reef fish
shad alosa-sapidissima
trace-elements
nursery habitats
larval retention
growth-rate
eye lenses
chemistry
microchemistry
temperature
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00338-005-0047-8   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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