Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation
Nat Con 2016;14:20-3 DOI: 10.1016/j.ncon.2015.12.001
Research Letters
Tidal pools as habitat for juveniles of the goliath grouper Epinephelus itajara (Lichtenstein 1822) in the Amazonian coastal zone, Brazil
Cleonice Maria Cardoso Lobatoa,, , Bruno Eleres Soaresb, Tiago Octavio Ruffeil Begota, Luciano Fogaça de Assis Montaga
a Laboratório de Ecologia e Conservação (LABECO), Universidade Federal do Pará (UFPA), Belém, PA, Brazil
b Laboratório de Ecologia e Conservação (LABECO), Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
Received 19 April 2015, Accepted 23 December 2015
Abstract

The goliath grouper Epinephelus itajara (Lichtenstein 1822) (Perciformes: Epinephelidae) occurs in marine and estuarine waters between Florida and south of Brazil in the Atlantic Ocean. E. itajara is a critically endangered species and the knowledge about its habitat use is essential for its conservation, since it can reveal nursery habitats that must be priority in management planning. Herein, we recorded the occurrence of ten juveniles specimens of E. itajara in tide pools in the Amazonian coastal zone.

Keywords
Natural nursery, Intertidal zone, Estuary, Conservation, Epinephelidae