, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 362–367 | Cite as

Aging and growth of larval bay anchovy,Anchoa mitchilli, from the Newport River estuary, North Carolina

  • Julie M. Fives
  • Stanley M. Warlen
  • Donald E. Hoss


Bay anchovy (Anchoa mitchilli) larvae were hatched and reared in the laboratory from eggs collected near Beaufort, North Carolina. The first growth increment formed on otoliths on the fifth day after hatching when larvae were between 3.7 and 4.2 mm standard length. On the average, one otolith growth increment was formed per day thereafter in larvae up to 23 d posthatch. Age of wild larvae from the Newport River estuary in North Carolina was determined from otolith increment counts based on the assumption that increment deposition rates in nature are the same as in the laboratory. From their size and estimated age, it appears that the standard length (SL) of wild larvae in the estuary increases exponentially at about 4% d−1 during their first 1.6 months, increasing from 0.24 mm d−1 on day 12 to 1.11 mm d−1 on day 49. Bay anchovy spawned early in the season (e.g., April–May) could grow to maturity and reach a size (>40 mm SL) that would enable them to spawn during their first summer.


Standard Length Growth Increment Increment Formation Japanese Anchovy Otolith Increment 
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© Estuarine Research Federation 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Julie M. Fives
    • 1
  • Stanley M. Warlen
    • 2
  • Donald E. Hoss
    • 2
  1. 1.Zoology DepartmentUniversity CollegeGalwayIreland
  2. 2.National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA Southeast Fisheries CenterBeaufort LaboratoryBeaufort

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