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Growth of the Ass's Ear Abalone (Haliotis asinina Linne) on Heron Reef, Tropical Eastern Australia


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McNamara, DC and Johnson, CR (1995) Growth of the Ass's Ear Abalone (Haliotis asinina Linne) on Heron Reef, Tropical Eastern Australia. Marine and Freshwater Research, 46 (3). pp. 571-574. ISSN 1323-1650

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Growth of ass's ear abalone (Haliotis asinina) was measured in situ (mark-recapture of adults) and in aquaria (juveniles) on Heron Reef, Queensland. A growth curve O, = 4.2 7l to the power of 2.03 e to the power of -u, where y is the growth rate, l is the shell length, and u = 0.27l to the power of 0.88) fitted to these data indicated a sigmoidal age-length relationship. It is estimated that H. asinina may grow from 2 mm to 35.6 mm in shell length in six months and 55.0 mm in one year. These growth estimates are consistent with temporal shifts in the size-frequency distributions of juveniles in the field. Peak growth rates, estimated at over 120 mm in young abalone (approximately 3-4 months of age), are the highest recorded for any abalone species.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Marine and Freshwater Research
Page Range: pp. 571-574
ISSN: 1323-1650
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1071/MF9950571
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2007
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:18
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