Russian Journal of Marine Biology

, Volume 44, Issue 2, pp 149–158 | Cite as

Population Dynamic of the Mudskipper Periophthalmus waltoni Koumans, 1941 from the Bay of Hormozgan Province, Persian Gulf

  • Sana Sharifian
  • Mohammad Reza Taherizadeh
  • Ali Salarpouri
  • Mohsen Dehghani
Original Papers


We studied the population structure and reproductive biology of the mudskipper Periophthalmus waltoni Koumans, 1941, living on the mudflats of bay of Hormozgan province, Persian Gulf. The specimens were haphazardly and monthly collected from August 2008 to July 2009. A total of 2060 fishes was sampled, sexed 690 of which 221 (32%) were males, and 469 (68%) females. The total length (TL) and weight relationship demonstrated growth in both sexes was isometric with the function W = 0.0078TL3.06. The asymptotic length (L∞) and growth coefficient (K) were estimated as 16.5 cm and 0.75 yr–1, respectively. Age of the fish at zero length (to) was calculated–0.35 and the longevity was attained 3.65 year. The estimated Von Bertalanffy function was TL(t) = 16.5[1–exp(–0.75(t + 0.35))]. Natural mortality (M) was estimated 1.74 yr–1. Four cohorts were distinguished annuallywith mean of TL = 7.35, 10.17, 12.74 and 13.92 cm. The maximum recruitment rate was in January at 17.5%. The overall sex ratio (F: M) (1: 0.49) was significantly different than 1: 1. The peak of the gonadosomatic index (GSI) occurred in February. The size at onset of sexual maturity (LM50)wasestimated at TL = 12 cm. The mean of absolute and relative fecundity were estimated as 3558 ± 2203 and 257 ± 101 eggs, respectively.


Persian Gulf sex ratio Periophthalmus waltoni reproduction population structure 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sana Sharifian
    • 1
  • Mohammad Reza Taherizadeh
    • 2
  • Ali Salarpouri
    • 3
  • Mohsen Dehghani
    • 1
  1. 1.Young Researchers and Elite Club, Bandar Abbas BranchIslamic Azad UniversityBandar AbbasIran
  2. 2.Department of Marine Biology, Faculty of Marine Science and TechnologyUniversity of HormozganBandar AbbasIran
  3. 3.Persian Gulf and Oman Sea Ecological Research Center, Iranian Fisheries Science Research Institute, Agricultural ResearchEducation and Extension OrganizationBandar AbbasIran

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