TropFishR (version 1.6.1)

lfqFitCurves: Fitting VBGF growth curves through lfq data


Thsi function estimates von Bertalanffy growth function (VBGF) curves for a set of growth parameters.


lfqFitCurves(lfq, par = list(Linf = 100, K = 0.1, t_anchor = 0.25, C = 0, ts =
  0), agemax = NULL, flagging.out = TRUE, lty = 2, lwd = 1, col = 1,
  draw = FALSE, tincr = 0.05)



a list of the class "lfq" consisting of following parameters:

  • midLengths midpoints of the length classes,

  • dates dates of sampling times (class Date),

  • catch matrix with catches/counts per length class (row) and sampling date (column),

  • rcounts restructured frequencies,

  • peaks_mat matrix with positive peaks with distinct values,

  • ASP available sum of peaks, sum of posititve peaks which could be potential be hit by growth curves;


a list with following growth parameters:

  • Linf length infinity in cm (default: 100),

  • K curving coefficient (default: 0.1),

  • t_anchor time point anchoring growth curves in year-length coordinate system, corrsponds to peak spawning month (range: 0 to 1, default: 0.25),

  • C amplitude of growth oscillation (range: 0 to 1, default: 0),

  • ts summer point (ts = WP - 0.5) (range: 0 to 1, default: 0);


maximum age of species; default NULL, then estimated from Linf


logical; should positive peaks be flagged out? (Default : TRUE)


The line type. Line types can either be specified as an integer (0=blank, 1=solid, 2=dashed (default), 3=dotted, 4=dotdash, 5=longdash, 6=twodash) or as one of the character strings "blank", "solid", "dashed", "dotted", "dotdash", "longdash", or "twodash", where "blank" uses 'invisible lines' (i.e., does not draw them).


The line width, a positive number, defaulting to 2. The interpretation is device-specific, and some devices do not implement line widths less than one. (See the help on the device for details of the interpretation.)


A specification for the default plotting color. See section 'Color Specification'.


logical; indicating whether growth curves should be added to existing lfq plot


step for plotting


A list with the input parameters and following list objects:

  • Lt: dataframe with ages and lengths of the cohorts,

  • agemax: maximum age of species.

  • ncohort: number of cohorts,

  • ASP: available sum of peaks, sum of posititve peaks which could be potential be hit by growth curves. This is calculated as the sum of maximum values from each run of posive restructured scores.

  • ESP: available sum of peaks,

  • fASP: available sum of peaks,

  • fESP: available sum of peaks,


t_anchor subsitutes the starting point from known from Fisat 2. This parameter is necessary for anchoring the growth curves on the time axis. It does not subsitute t0. However, it corresponds to the peak spawning of the species (x intercept of growth curve) and has values between 0 and 1, where 0 corresponds to spawning at the 1st of January and 0.999 corresponds to the 31st of December. The default value of 0.25 or 3/12 corresponds the third month of the year, March.


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Run this code
res <- lfqRestructure(synLFQ5, MA=11)
tmp <- lfqFitCurves(res, par=list(Linf=80,K=0.5,t_anchor=0.25), draw=TRUE)

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