, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 89–97 | Cite as

The abundance of estuarine larval and juvenile fish in a South Carolina intertidal creek

  • Earl L. Bozeman
  • John Mark Dean


The fall and winter population of larval fish in a small intertidal creek was measured. The creek was blocked at high tide, and the immature fish were captured in a channel net designed for consistent quantitative sampling as they left with the ebbing tide. A total of 573,739 individuals with a biomass (preserved wet weight) of 66.1 kg were captured during the eight month sampling period (October 1974–May 1975). Twelve families, 13 genera, and 16 species were represented, with five species comprising 99.3% of the fish captured. The five species were:Leiostomus xanthurus (53.5%),Lagodon rhomboides (31.7%),Brevoortia tyrannus (11.9%),Micropogon undulatus (1.7%), andMyrophis punctatus (0.5%). The net was efficient, the catch was seasonal, and the greatest larval abundance occurred in February and March.


Larval Fish Atlantic Menhaden Intertidal Creek North Inlet Estuary Daytime Sample 
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© Estuarine Research Federation 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Earl L. Bozeman
    • 1
  • John Mark Dean
    • 1
  1. 1.Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine Biology and Coastal Research and the Department of BiologyUniversity of South CarolinaColumbia

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