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Revista Brasileira de Zoologia

Print version ISSN 0101-8175

Rev. Bras. Zool. vol.16 no.4 Curitiba  1999 

Larval fish in the surf zone of Pontal do Sul beach, Pontal do Paraná, Paraná, Brazil



Rodrigo Santiago Godefroid; Marion Hofstaetter; Henry Louis Spach

Centro de Estudos do Mar, Universidade Federal do Paraná. Avenida Beira Mar. Pontal do Sul, 83255-000 Pontal do Paraná, Paraná, Brasil




A total of 6,575 larvae in the preflexion, flexion and post-flexion stages of 15 families, 26 genera and 29 species were captured in the surf zone of Pontal do Sul beach, Paraná, Brazil. Samples of the families Gerreidae and Scianidae predominated and larvae of Eucinostomus argenteus (Baird&Girard, 1854), Micropogonias furnieri (Desmarest, 1823), Eucinostomus gula (Cuvier, 1830), Menticirrhus ameri-canus (Linnaeus, 1758) and Anchoa tricolor (Agassiz, 1829) were the most dominant species. Greater abundance of larvae was observed during the summer, followed by winter and in a less extent during spring and autumn. The number of species was greater in the summer, and there were no significant differences in the rest of the seasons.

Key words: Ichthyoplankton, surf zone, Brazil



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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS. The authors are particularly grateful to the researchers and personnel of the Centro de Estudos do Mar, Universidade Federal do Paraná who, directly or indirectly, contributed to the completion of this work.



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Recebido em 19.III.1998; aceito em 16.IX.1999.

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