Fishes recruiting into seagrass meadows

Seagrasses play a paramount role in terms of nursery grounds for coastal fishes. A PhD student at the lab (F. Espino) is documenting seasonal patterns of fish recruitment through a year at several Cymodocea nodosa meadows at Gran Canaria. While some species, e.g. the parrotfish Sparisoma cretense (left-hand side), recruit almost all year round and so a wide array of sizes are found, some species are found within certain size ranges, e.g. the flatfish Bothus podas maderensis (right-hand side), and so they only recruit at a particular season(s) during the year. This information is valuable to improve our understanding on the way certain marine resources can be managed.

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