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Early Life History of Marine Fishes$
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Bruce Miller and Sirpa Nummela

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520249721

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520249721.001.0001

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Fish Reproduction

Fish Reproduction

(p.9) Chapter 1 Fish Reproduction
Early Life History of Marine Fishes

Bruce S. Miller

Arthur W. Kendall

University of California Press

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

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