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Variation of the relationships between lengths and weights applied to 123 fish species observed at Réunion Island (Indian Ocean)

D. Roos
J. Taconet
C. Gentil
B. Brisset
H. Evano
Y. Aumond
J. Huet
C. Lepetit
R. Boymond-Morales
T. Rungassamy
R. Elleboode
K. Mahé


Body length–weight (L–W) relationships of 123 fish species (122 Actinopterygii and 1 Elasmobranchii) were studied from 10 218 individuals caught  around Réunion Island from 2000 to 2021. All species, except for 4 with a very small number of individuals and limited length range, showed a  significant relationship between total length and total weight. For 52 species, the data showed the body becoming more elongated (i.e. b < 3.0) over  their lifespan, while for 63 species the individuals became thicker (i.e. b > 3.0); only 4 species had a b-value equal to 3.0, signifying isometric growth.  Of 72 species for which macroscopic observation allowed identification of sex, there was sexual dimorphism for only 9 species (12.5%), with a  significant difference between the slopes of the length–weight relationships. Temporal effects were also investigated, using the annual component  of time of capture for 75 species and the seasonal component for 73 species. A temporal effect was significant for 27 species (36.0%) when the  sampling year was taken into account, and for 14 species (19.2%) when the sampling quarter (season) was taken into account. Finally, among 120  species tested, the relationship between total length and standard length was significant, and among 114 species the relationship between total  weight and gutted (eviscerated) weight was significant.