Chapter

Ecology of Fish Eggs and Larvae

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/9780520249721.003.0005
Ecology of Fish Eggs and Larvae

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Ecology is the study of the relationships of plants and animals to their environment. This chapter begins by discussing the position of fish eggs and larvae in aquatic ecosystems. It then discusses various topics related to the development of both fish eggs and fish larvae, including the factors affecting their survival and development. The specific topics covered in this chapter include the ecology of fish eggs, the functional morphology of fish eggs and larvae, the importance to fish larvae of spring blooms, the feeding mechanisms of fish larvae and the factors affecting larval feeding, the growth of fish larvae and the measurement of growth, and predation (types and taxa of predators, modes of predation, factors influencing rates of predation, and measuring predation).

Keywords: fishes; ecology; aquatic ecosystems; ecosystem; larval fish; early life stages; morphology; fish eggs; predation

Chapter.  6845 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aquatic Biology

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