A new maximum length of Labrus bergylta (Labriformes: Labridae) with notes on age determination for the species

Villegas-Ríos D., Bañón R., Fabeiro M.

Published date: October 2021
Volume: 45
Number: 3
Pagination: 239-242
Publisher: Société Française d’Ichtyologie
doi: https://doi.org/10.26028/cybium/2021-453-008

The ballan wrasse, Labrus bergylta Ascanius, 1767, is the largest wrasse inhabiting European waters and has two different body colour morphotypes: plain and spotted. A large spotted specimen was caught by a spear-fisher in the Galician Atlantic coast (North West Spain). The total length was 66 cm and the total weight was 5,065 g in fresh, but 65 cm and 4,920 g after being frost and thawed, when the specimen was analysed. It represents a new maximum length and weight for the species. Age determination based on sectioned otoliths was 24 years, which is the maximum age for a spotted morphotypes of the species.

Keywords: Age determination - Galicia - Labrus bergylta - Maximum length
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