Environmental Biology of Fishes

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 213–218 | Cite as

The lack of changes in nocturnal estuarine fish assemblages between new and full moon phases in Serpentine Creek, Queensland

  • Norman John Quinn
  • Barbara L. Kojis


A series of 10 sites were sampled at new and full moon phases in a vertically homogenous estuary, Serpentine Creek, Queensland, Australia. Forty-five species (14,518 individuals) were caught and analysed using standardized Shannon & Gleason diversity indices, and total number of species and individuals. The coefficients of variation for these values were greater for times than for sites. There were no significant differences between 14 pairs of new and full moon phases fort,t,t, andt, or between mean number of individuals for the 16 most abundant species. If significant variations do exist within months, then experiments should be done between spring and neap tides as this study found no differences between the spring tides associated with new and full moon phases.


Australia Communities Cycles Diversity Ecology Estuary Lunar periodicity Migration Sub-tropics Tides 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Norman John Quinn
    • 1
  • Barbara L. Kojis
    • 1
  1. 1.Zoology DepartmentUniversity of QueenslandSt. LuciaAustralia

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