[Coral-List] RE: damselfish tagging (Mati)
petermcdougall at hotmail.com
Thu Sep 2 15:57:29 EDT 2004
Northwest Marine Technologies use a fluorescent elastomer (a couple of
colours: orange, yellow, red, etc) that is injectable under the scales of
fish. Very easy to use and low mortality rate.
Frederick J. L. (1997) Evaluation of fluorescent elastomer injection as a
method for marking small fish. Bull. Mar. Sci. 61: 399-408
Frederick J. L. (1997) Post-settlement movement of coral reef fishes and
bias in survival estimates. Bull. Mar. Sci. 150: 65-74
I used it on Stegastes diencaeus (small pomacentrid with very dark pigment
in the adults colour phase) and so needed to inject it just under the
scales. In lighter pigmented damselfish, however, I have heard that the
subdermal injection is quite visible. To boot, it is very affordable. A
trial pack was enough elastomer to tag over 150 fish, and we had a lot left
MSc McGill University
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