Accession Number : ADA323409

Title :   Habitat Suitability Index Models: Larval and Juvenile Red Drum,

Corporate Author : MASSACHUSETTS UNIV AMHERST DEPT OF FORESTRY AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT

Personal Author(s) : Buckley, Jack

PDF Url : ADA323409

Report Date : SEP 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 27

Abstract : The red drum is an estuarine-dependent species found along the Atlantic coast and in the Gulf of Mexico. A review and synthesis of existing information were used to develop a habitat model for larval and juvenile red drum. The model is scaled to produce an index of habitat suitability between 0 (unsuitable habitat) and 1 (optimally suitable habitat) for estuarine areas along the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coasts. Habitat suitability indices are designed for use with habitat evaluation procedures developed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Guidelines for model application and techniques for estimating model variables are provided.

Descriptors :   *HABITATS, *FISHES, *INDEXES(RATIOS), MATHEMATICAL MODELS, COASTAL REGIONS, VARIABLES, ATLANTIC OCEAN, WILDLIFE, LARVAE, ECOLOGY, ESTUARIES, MEXICO GULF.

Subject Categories : Biology
      Ecology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE