in The Ecology of Marine Fishes

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9780520246539
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932470 | DOI:

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The term ichthyoplankton is applied to fish eggs and larvae that are found among the other planktonic organisms drifting with the currents in the upper part of the water column. Fish eggs are immotile, whereas larvae swim feebly after hatching and become more motile as they develop toward the juvenile stage. Ichthyoplankters are further classified as meroplankton (temporary plankton), the early, planktonic ontogenetic stages of aquatic organisms that develop into juveniles and adults and ultimately occupy a variety of pelagic and demersal habitats. This chapter provides a historical overview of ichthyoplankton, its seasonal and geographical distribution, larval fish assemblages, nearshore assemblages, bay and estuarine assemblages, and its life history.

Keywords: ichthyoplankton; fish eggs; meroplankton; demersal habitats; nearshore assemblages

Chapter.  31975 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aquatic Biology

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