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Otolith shape can be used as a tool to infer population connectivity among individuals of Larimus breviceps at Southwestern Atlantic

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  13 May 2024

Barbara Maichak de Carvalho*
Programa de Pós-Graduação de Sistema Costeiro e Oceânicos, Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR), Pontal do Sul, Pontal do Paraná, Paraná, Brazil
Yasmin Barbieri
Centro de Estudos do Mar, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Campus Pontal do Paraná, Av. Beira-mar s/n, Pontal do Paraná, Paraná, Brazil
Beatriz Andrade Syrio
Centro de Ciências Agrárias Aplicadas (CCAA), Departamento de Engenharia de Pesca e Aquicultura (DEPAQ), Laboratório de Ecologia Pesqueira (LEP), Universidade Federal de Sergipe (UFS), São Cristóvão, Sergipe, Brazil
Kátia Meirelles Felizola Freire
Centro de Ciências Agrárias Aplicadas (CCAA), Departamento de Engenharia de Pesca e Aquicultura (DEPAQ), Laboratório de Ecologia Pesqueira (LEP), Universidade Federal de Sergipe (UFS), São Cristóvão, Sergipe, Brazil
Acácio Ribeiro Gomes Tomás
Laboratório de Estudos Estuarinos, Centro do Pescado Marinho, Instituto de Pesca, APTA-SAA, Santos, SP, Brazil
Corresponding author: Barbara Maichak de Carvalho; Email:


Otoliths are an excellent tool for analysing the pattern of habitat use between adults and juveniles and connectivity between fish populations. Larimus breviceps is a species belonging to the family Sciaenidae, which has an important role in the marine food chain, as it is one of the most abundant and frequent species in the bycatch of coastal shrimp fisheries in Brazil. The present study aimed at comparing the otolith shape of specimens collected in three different Brazilian coastal areas: Sergipe (SE), northeastern region; São Paulo (SP), southeastern region; and Paraná (PR), southern region. In a laboratory, 88 otoliths were extracted, photographed, and the contour was analysed by the wavelet method (32 from SE, 28 from SP, and 28 from PR). The otolith contours varied between sampling sites. Linear discriminant analysis correctly reclassified 60.23% otoliths by the sampled sites, with the best reclassifications occurring in SE (62.5%), followed by PR (60.71%) and SP (57.14%). Multivariate analysis of variance also evidenced significant differences in contours among the sampling sites (F = 2.3; P < 0.005). Thus, two morphotypes of otoliths were found for L. breviceps: one from Sergipe (northeastern Brazil) and the second one from southeastern–southern Brazil, indicating connectivity between the populations off São Paulo and Paraná, to be confirmed by future genetic studies.

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