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Biology of the Spotted Seatrout
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The spotted seatrout is an important species not only for recreational and commercial fisheries, but also as an integral part of many estuarine ecosystems. As one of the few fishes that live its entire life within an estuarine system, the species has tremendous potential as a monitor or sentinel for estuarine conditions. Prepared by the foremost authorities in their respective fields, Biology of the Spotted Seatrout presents an up-to-date summary of what is known about the basic biology of this important species.This innovative reference provides current life history information on this species for the expressed purpose of beginning the task of assessing differences in estuarine restricted sub-populations of spotted seatrout. It serves as a model of a biological summary directed toward determining which of the life history parameters will most aptly serve as bioindicators to meet overall environmental management needs. It integrates estuarine specific life history features into the overall management of both estuaries and an estuarine dependent fishery.B iology of the Spotted Seatrout includes a classic systematic approach to studying the relationships between seatrout genera as well as a more modern approach to investigating intra- and inter-estuarine differences in genetic structure. Ecologists, fisheries biologists and managers, and environmental scientists worldwide will be able to use the information presented in this book as a model on which to establish a database of information to be used to assess and compare estuarine conditions and environmental health. This valuable book serves as a blueprint for bringing together the biological criteria necessary to begin landscape scale comparisons of estuaries based on the biological information of totally estuarine dependent species, such as the spotted seatrout.
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Preface Acknowledgements Editor Introduction, Stephen A. Bortone Taxonomy Of The Sea Trout Genus Cynoscion (Pisces, Sciaenidae) With Artificial Keys To The Species, Ning Labbish Chao Population Structure Of The Spotted Seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus) Along The Texas Gulf Coast, As Revealed By Genetic Analysis, John R. Gold, Leah B. Stewart, and Rocky Ward Population Structure Of The Spotted Seatrout, Cynoscion nebulosus, Along The Atlantic Coast Of The United States, Bradley A. Wiley and Robert W. Chapman Age Determination And Growth Of Spotted Seatrout, Cynoscion nebulosus, Michael D. Murphy and Robert H. McMichael, Jr. Estuary Specific Age And Growth Of Spotted Seatrout In The Northern Gulf Of Mexico, Chad D. Bedee, Douglas A. DeVries, Stephen A. Bortone, and Christopher L. Palmer The Demographics And Reproductive Biology Of Spotted Seatrout, Cynoscion nebulosus In Six Northwest Florida Estuaries, Douglas A. DeVries, Chad D. Bedee, Christopher L. Palmer, and Stephen A. Bortone The Reproductive Biology of Spotted Seatrout, Nancy J. Brown-Peterson Effects Of Variable Salinity On Reproduction And Early Life Stages Of Spotted Seatrout, G. Joan Holt and Scott A. Holt Culture Of Spotted Seatrout, (Cynoscion nebulosus), Earnie Olsen Spotted Seatrout Habitat Affinities In Louisiana, Donald M. Baltz, R. Glenn Thomas, and Edward J. Chesney Sound Production and Communication in the Spotted Seatrout, R. Grant Gilmore Diseases and Parasites of the Spotted Seatrout, Reginald B. Blaylock, and Robin M. Overstreet Management of Spotted Seatrout and Fishery Participants in the U.S., Steven J. VanderKooy and Robert G. Muller Modeling the Distribution and Abundance of Spotted Seatrout: Integration of Ecology and GIS Technology to Support Management Needs, Randall D. Clark, Wendy Morrison, John D.Christensen, Mark E. Monaco, and Michael S. Coyne A Spatial Ecosystem Model to Assess Spotted Seatrout Population Risks from Exploitation and Environmental Changes, Jerald S. Ault, Jiangang Luo, and John D. Wang Spotted Seatrout as a Potential Indicator Of Estuarine Condition, Stephen A. Bortone

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"There is a large amount of information presented that should be useful not only for those studying spotted seatrout and their estuarine homes but also for those searching for sentinel species for other waters." --Copeia, 2003, No. 1

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