Habitat use, ecotone edge response, activity space size and associations with the seafloor and thermocline were compared for spawning and non-spawning season barred sand bass. Non-spawning season fish showed affinity with sand/reef ecotone using average activity space areas of 0.003 ± 0.001 km2 (± SD) and volumes of 0.00001 ± 0.000005 km3 while remaining 1.9 ± 1.7 m off the seafloor. Spawning season fish used activity spaces areas of 0.139 ± 0.370 km 2 and volumes of 0.001 ± 0.002 km3. Spawning season individuals displayed two patterns of behavior, one indicative of spawning and another of resting behavior. Resting individuals behaved similarly to fish tracked during the non-spawning season, using smaller activity space areas while associating with reef structures and the seafloor. Presumed spawning individuals preferred sand habitats, using significantly larger activity spaces during the day than at night while associating with the thermocline and making vertical dives toward the seafloor.
|Advisor:||Lowe, Christopher G.|
|Commitee:||Allen, Larry G., Jarvis, Erica T., Lowe, Christopher G., Young, Kelly|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Ecology, Aquatic sciences|
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