Research Archive: Distribution of Tautogolabrus adspersus (cunner)

A mark and recapture study is designed to assess the population of cunner in our study area. This species is a member of the wrasse family, most of whose members are tropical reef dwellers. Cunner are thought to be the most common fish on Manhattan's west side waterfront, and therefore might be assumed to play an important role in the local ecology, though, if so, that role is unknown. Their distribution over space is analyzed by mapping, focused on interpier migrations of individuals. Results to date indicate that these fish remain within a relatively small area and favor certain spots within that area. 


Cathy Drew, Executive Director of The River Project