[Coral-List] Canthigaster population irruption

Kaufman, Leslie S lesk at bu.edu
Sat Sep 14 13:22:38 EDT 2013

Hi all.

Part of the old discussion from 2008 was recognition that this kind of event is not uncommon in tetraodontiform fishes (trigger, file, puffer, box, trunk).  The most classic expression is the periodic "larval storm" of Pervagor in the Pacific...though the term larval here is not quite correct: many or most tetraodontiform fishes pass through a pelagic juvenile phase, and it is usually these pelagic juveniles that arrive en masse every so often, with many winding up dead in windrows on beaches.


Les Kaufman
Professor of Biology
Boston University Marine Program
Marine Conservation Fellow
Betty and Gordon Moore Center for Ecosystem Science and Economics
Conservation International
lesk at bu.edu<mailto:lesk at bu.edu>

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