Age and growth parameters of shark-like batoidsPublished online on 07. April 2014
Age and growth parameters of shark-like batoids
J. White, C. A. Simpfendorfer, A. J. Tobin and M. R. Heupel
Estimates of life-history parameters were made for shark-like batoids of conservation concern Rhynchobatus spp. (Rhynchobatus australiae, Rhynchobatus laevis and Rhynchobatus palpebratus) and Glaucostegus typus using vertebral ageing. The sigmoid growth functions, Gompertz and logistic, best described the growth of Rhynchobatus spp. and G. typus, providing the best statistical fit and most biologically appropriate parameters. The two-parameter logistic was the preferred model for Rhynchobatus spp. with growth parameter estimates (both sexes combined) L∞ = 2045 mm stretch total length, LST and k = 0·41 year−1. The same model was also preferred for G. typus with growth parameter estimates (both sexes combined) L∞ = 2770 mm LST and k = 0·30 year−1. Annual growth-band deposition could not be excluded in Rhynchobatus spp. using mark-recaptured individuals. Although morphologically similar G. typus and Rhynchobatus spp. have differing life histories, with G. typus longer lived, slower growing and attaining a larger maximum size.
Journal of Fish Biology. doi: 10.1111/jfb.12359