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Tautoga onitis  (Linnaeus, 1758)

Tautog
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Actinopterígios (peces con aletas radiadas) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Labridae (Wrasses)
Etymology: Tautoga: Plural of the word "taut", an Indian Brazil name translated by Roger William from f the Narragansett, "tautauog" = sheepshead.

Medioambiente / Clima / Gama Ecología

; marino; salobre asociado a arrecife; rango de profundidad 1 - 75 m.   Subtropical, preferred 12°C (Ref. 107945); 46°N - 31°N, 81°W - 58°W

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Western Atlantic: slightly east of Halifax in Nova Scotia, Canada to South Carolina in USA; most abundant between Cape Cod and Delaware Bay.

Length at first maturity / Tamaño / Peso / Age

Maturity: Lm ?, range 18 - 26.5 cm
Max length : 91.0 cm TL macho / no sexado; (Ref. 7251); peso máximo publicado: 11.3 kg (Ref. 40637); edad máxima reportada: 34 años (Ref. 6486)

Short description Morfología | Morfometría

Espinas dorsales (total): 16 - 17; Radios blandos dorsales (total): 10; Espinas anales 3; Radios blandos anales: 7 - 8. Distinguished from Tautogolabrus adspersus which occurs in the same area and further north, by its steep, rounded dorsal head profile; stouter body; scaled lower gill cover; and the more backward location of the pelvic fins.

Biología     Glosario (por ej. epibenthic)

Found close to shore on hard-bottom habitats, occasionally entering brackish water. Adult male territorial and active during the day to feed and rests in crevices at night. Prefers temperatures above 10°C. Spawning was noted in June-July in Canadian waters, but appears more protracted (April-July) in coastal waters of Virginia, USA. Feeds mainly on mussels, gastropods, other mollusks and crustaceans. This species has gained popularity as a prized food and sport fish (Ref. 6486, 4926, 41297). Investigation on the diel and seasonal activity patterns of the adult tautog in its southern range were conducted using ultrasonic telemetry (Ref. 41297).

Life cycle and mating behavior Madurez | Reproducción | Puesta | Huevos | Fecundidad | Larva

Spawns in groups or in pairs. Pairing occurs between females and size-dominant males exhibiting strong territoriality and performing a protracted courtship (Ref. 6488). Gonochorism is confirmed for this species (Ref. 103751).

Main reference Upload your references | Referencias | Coordinador : Westneat, Mark | Colaboradores

Leim, A.H. and W.B. Scott, 1966. Fishes of the Atlantic coast of Canada. Bull. Fish. Res. Board Can. (155):485 p. (Ref. 4926)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Pesquerías: escaso valor comercial; pesca deportiva: si; Acuario: Acuarios públicos
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