Journal article

Regional differences in the reproductive parameters of the sparsely-spotted stingaree, Urolophus paucimaculatus, from south-eastern Australia

Fabian I Trinnie, Terence I Walker, Paul L Jones, Laurie J Laurenson



Whether spatial variation occurs in the life-history traits of chondrichthyan species is important to fisheries modelling and assessments. A study on the reproductive parameters of Urolophus paucimaculatus from four separate regions across south-eastern Australia found regional differences in maximum total length (TL), size-at-maturity, size-at-maternity and litter sizes. Inshore embayments (Port Phillip Bay (PPB) and Corner Inlet (CI)) appear to allow for larger TLs (females and males) than do offshore areas (Lakes Entrance (LE) and Western Bass Strait (WBS)). Size-at-maturity and size-at-maternity decreased across longitude from west (PPB) to east (LE) and seasonality of parturition and ov..

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Awarded by Australian Fisheries Research and Development Corporation

Funding Acknowledgements

Professional fishermen, particularly John Murdoch and technical staff, students, volunteers at the former Marine and Freshwater Research Institute (MAFRI), and Victorian Marine Science Consortium are acknowledged for collection of specimens and Anne Gason formerly of MAFRI provided advice on statistical analyses and management of data. This project was funded by the Australian Fisheries Research and Development Corporation grant (FRDC 2002/003) and a Deakin University PhD scholarship.