Recovery of the critically endangered river pipefish, Syngnathus watermeyeri, in the Kariega Estuary, Eastern Cape province

Vorwerk, P.D. and Froneman, P.W. and Paterson, A.W. (2007) Recovery of the critically endangered river pipefish, Syngnathus watermeyeri, in the Kariega Estuary, Eastern Cape province. South African Journal of Science, 103 . pp. 199-201. ISSN 0038-2353

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An intensive ichthyofaunal survey in the permanently open Kariega Estuary along the Eastern Cape coast has identified a breeding population of the critically endangered river pipefish, Syngnathus watermeyeri, within the middle and upper reaches of the system. This is the first recorded capture of this species in the estuary for over four decades. We suggest that the presence of S. watermeyeri is the result of the heavy rainfall within the region, which contributed to the establishment of optimum habitat requirements (mesohaline conditions and increased food availability) of the pipefish.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:River pipefish, Syngnathus watermeyeri, Kariega Estuary
Subjects:Y Unknown > Subjects to be assigned
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Science > Zoology & Entomology
Research Institutes and Units > South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB)
ID Code:846
Deposited By: Ms Vivien Botha
Deposited On:16 Nov 2007
Last Modified:06 Jan 2012 16:19
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