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Ichthyological Research

, Volume 66, Issue 1, pp 177–182 | Cite as

Preliminary observations of the skeletal development in pre-flexion larvae of sablefish Anoplopoma fimbria

  • Alison L. DearyEmail author
  • Steven M. Porter
  • Annette B. Dougherty
  • Janet T. Duffy-Anderson
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Abstract

Sablefish Anoplopoma fimbria support a lucrative fishery in the Gulf of Alaska, but their numbers have been declining despite a regulated fishery. Recruitment in A. fimbria is poorly understood due to its unusual early life history relative to many other deep-water fishes. Developmental patterns can identify critical periods during ontogeny that influence foraging and swimming abilities among individual larvae. External development in A. fimbria has been described, but the data presented here are the first examination of the skeletal development of A. fimbria during the transition to first feeding.

Keywords

Black cod First-feeding larvae Neuston Recruitment bottlenecks 

Notes

Acknowledgements

We would like to thank Peter Konstantinidis, Jay Orr, Morgan Busby, and the comments from two anonymous reviewers for their invaluable suggestions on early versions of this manuscript. Ken Massee and Ric Goetz at the NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Manchester Laboratory, provided sablefish eggs. We also thank Katherine Maslenikov for curating the specimens at the University of Washington Fish Collection. The findings and conclusions in the paper are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the views of the National Marine Fisheries Service. Mention of trade names does not imply endorsement by NOAA or any of its subagencies. This is contribution number EcoFOCI-0903 of Ecosystems and Fisheries-Oceanography Coordinated Investigations.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alison L. Deary
    • 1
    Email author
  • Steven M. Porter
    • 1
  • Annette B. Dougherty
    • 1
  • Janet T. Duffy-Anderson
    • 1
  1. 1.Alaska Fisheries Science Center, NOAASeattleUSA

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