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Surgical implantation of radio tags in three eel species (Anguilla spp.) in South Africa.

Hanzen, Céline and Lucas, Martyn C. and OʼBrien, Gordon and Calverley, Peter and Downs, Colleen T. (2020) 'Surgical implantation of radio tags in three eel species (Anguilla spp.) in South Africa.', Journal of fish biology., 96 (3). pp. 847-852.

Abstract

Studies have reported poor survival of surgically tagged freshwater fishes in warm African waters. This study aimed to assess the applicability of using radio telemetry (and surgical implantation of tags) for Anguilla spp. Nineteen yellow eels (Anguilla bengalensis, A. marmorata and A. mossambica) were surgically implanted with radio tags between October 2018 and January 2019 in the Thukela River, South Africa. Most eels were alive 6 months after tagging, and recaptured eels displayed advanced or complete healing at the incision site. Therefore, this method appears suitable for African freshwater eels.

Item Type:Article
Full text:Publisher-imposed embargo until 09 March 2021.
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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1111/jfb.14270
Publisher statement:This is the accepted version of the following article: Hanzen, Céline, Lucas, Martyn C., OʼBrien, Gordon, Calverley, Peter & Downs, Colleen T. (2020). Surgical implantation of radio tags in three eel species (Anguilla spp.) in South Africa. Journal of Fish Biology 96(3): 847-852 which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/jfb.14270. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
Date accepted:29 January 2020
Date deposited:17 March 2020
Date of first online publication:09 March 2020
Date first made open access:09 March 2021

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