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Fish Reproduction

Bruce S. Miller and Arthur W. Kendall

in Early Life History of Marine Fishes

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780520249721
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943766 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520249721.003.0002
Fish Reproduction

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The reproductive process allows species to perpetuate themselves. Almost all fishes reproduce sexually, thus permitting mixing of the genes of the two sexes. The reproductive processes of fishes form the basis for early life history studies. The great variety of these processes among fishes make their study worthwhile, but also determine how early life-history studies of various fishes can be conducted. This chapter summarizes the reproductive patterns of fishes, with an emphasis on how these patterns affect early life-history studies. It presents discussions on the reproduction of fishes including topics on fish sexuality, reproductive patterns, gonadal development, gross maturation stages, fecundity, and spawning.

Keywords: fishes; reproduction; early life stages; spawning; reproductive development; life cycle; sexual maturation

Chapter.  9920 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aquatic Biology

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