Mass mortality of Canthigaster rostrata (Tetraodontiformes: Tetraodontidae) on the southern Costa Rican Caribbean coast

  • Lilliana Piedra-Castro Laboratorio de Recursos Naturales y Vida Silvestre (LARNAVISI), Escuela de Ciencias Biológicas, Universidad Nacional, Heredia, Costa Rica.
  • Alexander Araya-Vargas Laboratorio de Recursos Naturales y Vida Silvestre (LARNAVISI), Escuela de Ciencias Biológicas, Universidad Nacional, Heredia, Costa Rica.
Keywords: Canthigaster rostrata, mass mortality, reef fish, Caribbean, Costa Rica.

Abstract

In 2017 a mass mortality event of the reef fish Canthigaster rostrata was observed on the Southern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. The 86 subjects collected, possibly juveniles, were less than 49 mm and below 2.8 g. Similar events have been reported in other Caribbean locations and may be associated with changes in sea temperature or resource exhaustion during their recruitment period.

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Published
2018-05-03
How to Cite
Piedra-Castro, L., & Araya-Vargas, A. (2018). Mass mortality of Canthigaster rostrata (Tetraodontiformes: Tetraodontidae) on the southern Costa Rican Caribbean coast. Journal of Marine and Coastal Sciences, 10(1), 31-37. https://doi.org/10.15359/revmar.10-1.2

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