Table 4: Estimated parameters of the von Bertalanffy growth function (VBGF) for Peristedion cataphractum off the southern coasts of Sicily (central Mediterranean).

Sex categoryOtolith readingBack-calculation
MSEMSE

F5143620.191.28405.73470.210.89477.5
M2123480.172.16392.13390.191.66390
JF5653420.220.93434.03150.290.41444.6
JM2633130.280.60427.53020.340.19401.2
M + F7263360.221.08409.13290.240.77435.4
M + F + J8283210.260.76434.23060.320.31432.1

= number; F = females; M = males; JF = unsexed juveniles plus females; JM unsexed juveniles plus males; = theoretical maximum (asymptotic) total length; = growth coefficient; = theoretical age at zero length; MSE = mean square error.