Estudio de edad y crecimiento de la raya hocicuda Dipturus chilensis (Guichenot,1848) en el Atlántico Sudoccidental (34º -55º LS y 52º -69º LW)
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This paper deals with the age and growth parameters of the Southwest Atlantic beaked skate Dipturus chilensis, as well as with some reproductive features of the species. Samples of individuals inhabiting 34°-55°S and 52°- 69°W were analyzed. They were taken during surveys carried out by the National Institute for Fisheries Research and Development (INIDEP) research vessels, as well as by a landing sampling at Mar del Plata port. The fish age was determined by counting growth rings from thin sections of the vertebral centra of 414 fish ranging 24-110 cm (203 males) and 24-115 cm (211 females) total length. The vertebral sections were stained using cobalt hloride. Both average per cent error (APE=5.94) and precision (D=5.89) indexes suggested that the method used for estimating age in D. chilensis was precise enough. The marginal increment analysis (MIA) supported the hypothesis of an annual deposition of a pair of bands, which ended during the autumn months. The maximum ages observed .....