This chapter describes the taxonomy of fish eggs and larvae. Most fish eggs and larvae are planktonic, and are commonly found in plankton net tows. Collectively these fish stages are referred to as ichthyoplankton. The chapter covers their life cycle, ecology, and general morphology. It includes a section that indicates the systematic placement of the taxon described within the tree of life, and lists the key marine representative illustrated in the chapter (usually to genus or family level). This section also provides information on the taxonomic authorities responsible for the classification adopted, recent changes which might have occurred, and lists relevant taxonomic sources.
Keywords: fish eggs; larve; ichthyoplankton; taxonomy; zooplankton; life cycle; ecology; morphology
Chapter. 11872 words. Illustrated.
Subjects: Aquatic Biology ; Animal Pathology and Diseases
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