Interactions of fishes with particular reference to coelacanths in the canyons at Sodwana Bay and the St Lucia Marine Protected Area of South Africa

Heemstra, P.C. and Fricke, H. and Hissmann, K. and Schauer, J. and Smale, M.J. and Sink, K. (2006) Interactions of fishes with particular reference to coelacanths in the canyons at Sodwana Bay and the St Lucia Marine Protected Area of South Africa. South African Journal of Science, 102 (September/October). pp. 461-465. ISSN 0038-2353

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The deep demersal fish fauna at depths of 100–400min canyons off the St Lucia Marine Protected Area along the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal is compared with similar fish communities at the Comoro Islands and in the Indo-Pacific region. Fifty-four fish species were seen or photographed from the submersible Jago or by the discovery team of scuba divers in the coelacanth, Latimeria chalumnae, habitat of the canyons off Sodwana Bay. An additional 94 fish species known from depths of 100–200 m along the coast of northern KwaZulu-Natal are likely to occur in the canyon habitat. The fish fauna of the Sodwana canyons shares at least 18 species with the deep demersal fish community off tropical coral reefs of the Indo-Pacific region. Thirty-seven of the Sodwana canyon fishes are also known from the coelacanth habitat in the Comoros.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Latimeria chalumnae, Coelacanth, Sodwana Bay, St Lucia Marine Protected Area, South Africa, Demersal fish
Subjects:Y Unknown > Subjects to be assigned
Divisions:Research Institutes and Units > South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB)
ID Code:556
Deposited By: Ms Vivien Botha
Deposited On:06 Mar 2007
Last Modified:01 Aug 2012 12:38
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