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Larval ecology of uku (Aprion virescens) in the main Hawaiian Islands

August 07, 2023

A review from historical data.

Aprion virescens (known in Hawaiʻi as uku, broadly, the green jobfish) are a commercially and recreationally important species in the main Hawaiian Islands (MHI). However, little is known about this species' early life history, which is a critical part of the definition of the current Essential Fish Habitat (EFH). We investigated the distribution of its abundance and oceanographic characteristics associated with larvae and pelagic juvenile uku observations. A comprehensive literature review and Indo-Pacific wide specimen inventory was combined with an examination of archived ichthyoplankton samples collected in the proximity of Oʻahu.

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Schmidt AL, Whitney JL, Suca J, Tanaka K. 2023. NOAA Fisheries Larval ecology of Aprion virescens: a review from historical data NOAA Tech. Memo. TM-PIFSC-145, 71 p. https://doi.org/10.25923/aevx-hr06

Last updated by Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center on 08/29/2023