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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This chapter begins with a section on reproductive natural history providing summary data on reproductive modes and spawning types, courtship, and a taxonomic survey of their distributions. It reviews key life history topics such as body size-related reproductive effort and tradeoffs between the number and size of offspring produced. The following section discusses behavioral and evolutionary aspects of reproductive ecology focused on mating systems and gender allocation, sexual selection, and parental care. The next section reviews the poorly recognized occurrence of secondary gonochorism in warm temperate representatives of several tropical fish lineages, and discusses the unusual Californian/eastern North Pacific preponderance of species with extensive investment in individual offspring. A concluding summary section identifies data deficiencies and suggests promising topics for future research, with special emphasis on the patterns of extensive and diverse maternal investment and parental care for which California marine fishes provide ideal subjects for comparative study.

Keywords: spawning types; courtship; life history; gonochorism; tropical fish lineages; California marine fishes; reproductive ecology

Chapter.  36992 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aquatic Biology

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