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The first use of Fulton's K for assessing and comparing the conditions of inter-tidal fish populations

Barrett, Chris J.; Johnson, Magnus; Hall, Nicola J.; Hull, Sue


Chris J. Barrett

Nicola J. Hall

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Dr Sue Hull
Senior Lecturer in Marine Biology and Ecology/ Programme Director, Marine Biology


Fulton's K condition factor was applied, for the first time, to inter-tidal specimens of the shanny (Lipophrys pholis) and long-spined scorpion fish (Taurulus bubalis) from two English rocky shore and two Welsh rocky shore sites during summer 2010 and winter 2011. As both species contribute to the diet of commercial species such as cod (Gadus morhua) and near-threatened species such as the European otter (Lutra lutra), their condition may affect that of these predators. Fulton's K found that inter-tidal Welsh fish maintained a ‘good’ condition between seasons, whereas the inter-tidal English fish were in a poorer condition during winter. Although condition also changed amongst the sites on each coast, further studies are needed into fish morphologies, environmental parameters, prey availabilities and abundances, and fish specimen sex and maturities.


Barrett, C. J., Johnson, M., Hall, N. J., & Hull, S. (2016). The first use of Fulton's K for assessing and comparing the conditions of inter-tidal fish populations. Marine Ecology, 37(1), 42-45.

Acceptance Date Sep 1, 2014
Online Publication Date Dec 1, 2014
Publication Date Feb 10, 2016
Deposit Date May 15, 2017
Publicly Available Date May 15, 2017
Journal Marine ecology
Print ISSN 0173-9565
Electronic ISSN 1439-0485
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 37
Issue 1
Pages 42-45
Keywords Condition; Fish; Lipophrys pholis; Taurulus bubalis; Intertidal; Rocky shore; Fulton's K
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Additional Information This is the author's accepted manuscript of an article accepted for publication in Marine ecology, 2016, v.37 issue 1.


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