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Reproduction and Early Life History

Theodore W. Pietsch

in Oceanic Anglerfishes

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780520255425
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942554 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520255425.003.0008
Reproduction and Early Life History

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This chapter details the reproduction and early life history of ceratioid anglerfishes. It presents family accounts, providing information for each ceratioid family on taxonomic content, available material, occurrence of sexual parasitism, gravid females and ripe males, the development of eyes and nostrils of the males, the ability of males to capture and ingest food independently of the female, occurrences of multiple attachments of males to a single female, and the nature of the fusion between coupled males and females. Mate location and species-specific selection, modes of reproduction, and reproductive modes and phylogeny are discussed.

Keywords: ceratioids; anglerfishes; mate selection; reproductive modes; phylogeny

Chapter.  17030 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aquatic Biology

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