Tropical Fish Species as Indicator of 1997-1998 El Nino in Bahia de San Quintin, Baja California, Mexico
The 1997-1998 El Nino event was characterized by rapid develop- ment, strength, and record high sea-surface temperatures in the eastern equatorial Pacific. Mobile organisms such as fishes with a tropical distribution showed a shift northward reaching high latitudes. Bahia de San Quintin is a coastal lagoon in north Pacific, Baja California, Mexico. Low temperatures caused by almost permanent upwelling, keeps lagoon temperature relatively low. However, the pres- ence of four tropical fish species in this lagoon during the seasonal sampling of 1998 indicated an influence of a string El Nino event. The bigscale goatfish (Pseu- dupeneus grandisquamis), the white grunt (Haemulopsis leuciscus), the bullseye puffer (Sphoeroides annulatus), and the paloma pompano (Trachinotus paitensis) are species of tropical affinity that were present in this coastal lagoon.
Rosales-Casian, Jorge A.
"Tropical Fish Species as Indicator of 1997-1998 El Nino in Bahia de San Quintin, Baja California, Mexico,"
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