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Malays. Appl. Biol. (2006) 35(1): 27–35

MERISTIC AND LENGTH-WEIGHT RELATIONSHIP OF PONYFISHES (LEIOGNATHIDAE) IN THE COASTAL WATER OF PULAU SIBU-TINGGI, JOHOR, MALAYSIA

MAZLAN, A.G.* and SEAH, Y.G.

1School of Environmental Studies and Natural Resource Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia,
43600 UKM Bangi, Selangor D.E., Malaysia
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ABSTRACT

A series of trawl survey was conducted in the coastal water of Pulau Sibu-Tinggi, South China Sea using commercial trawler. Nine species of ponyfishes were caught throughout the study. Fish adult fish species were examined for their meristic and morphometric differences. The results showed that different species showed an exclusively species specific meristic and morphometric differences. A pictorial taxonomic key of ponyfishes was successfully built up to the species level. Details estimation of population growth of adult species were estimated using an allometric regression analysis; length(L)-weight(W) relationship (W=aLb). The results showed that regression coefficient ‘b’ was 2.828±0.147 for L. oblongus, 3.065±0.120 for L. jonesi, 3.066±0.138 for L. decorus and 2.457±0.111 for S. insidiator respectively.


ABSTRAK

Satu siri survei pukat tunda dijalankan di pesisir pantai Pulau Sibu-Tinggi, Laut China Selatan dengan mengunakan bot pukat tunda komersial tempatan. Sembilan spesies ikan kikek telah ditangkap dalam kajian ini. Spesies ikan diteliti untuk ciri-ciri meristik dan morfometrik masing-masing. Hasil kajian menunjukkan bahawa spesies ikan berlainan mempunyai perbezaan ciri meristik and morfometrik secara ekslusifnya mengikut spesies. Satu kekunci taksonomik bergambar bagi ikan kikek di kawasan kajian telah berjaya dibina pada tahap spesies. Kajian terperinci anggaran tumbesaran populasi ikan kikek matang dilakukan dengan menggunakan analisis regressi perkaitan panjang (L,cm) dan berat (W,g) (W=aLb). Hasil kajian menunjukkan nilai pekali regressi ’b’ ialah 2.828±0.147 bagi L. oblongus, 3.065±0.120 bagi L. jonesi, 3.066±0.138 bagi L. decorus dan 2.457±0.111 bagi S. insidiator.

Key words: Meristic measurements, morphometric characteristic, length-weight relationship, Leiognathidae

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