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Contribution to the biology of the Lizardfish, Saurida tumbil (Teleostei: Aulopiformes), from the Persian Gulf

Zoology in the Middle East (Impact Factor: 0.43). 01/2006; 38:49-56. DOI: 10.1080/09397140.2006.10638164

ABSTRACT Some biological aspects of the Lizardfish, Saurida tumbil, from the Persian Gulf, Iran, were studied by regular monthly collections. A total of 173 specimens, including 17 immatures, 26 males, and 130 females from the Khozestan coasts were collected with a bottom trawl. Females ranged from 26.1 to 59.0 cm (38.7±6.8) in total length and from 126.5 to 1510 g (477.1±260.8) in weight. Males ranged from 26.3 to 38.3 cm (32.7±3.2) in total length and from 128.3 to 450.5 g (260.2±83.5) in weight. The slope of the regression line suggested an isometric growth for the fish. The gut content consisted mostly of fish species and the relative length of the gut (RLG) was 0.45 on average, suggesting a carnivorous feeding habit. The absolute fecundity was 74,444-250,452. The gonadosomatic index showed two peaks for the females (March and October), perhaps indicating that the species is a spring and autumn spawner.

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