Features of transition from larva to juvenile in fishes with different types of early ontogeny

  • Dimitri A. Pavlov
Part of the Developments in environmental biology of fishes book series (DEBF, volume 19)


The transition from the larva state to the juvenile state (i.e. morphological condition characterised by mainly adult characters) was examined in three marine fish species: herring Clupea pallasi marisalbi, wolffish Anarhichas lupus, and eelpout Zoarces viviparus, based on external morphology and skeletal development. In spite of the different reproductive styles (oviparity, facultative viviparity, and obligate viviparity, respectively) and different types of early ontogeny (indirect, transitory, and direct, respectively), the beginning of the juvenile state occurred at similar total lengths (TL), which were approximated as 35 mm TL in herring and eelpout, and 32 mm TL in wolffish. Features of ontogeny were compared, assuming that the beginning of the juvenile state represented an uniform characteristic of morphological development for these species. It was proposed that the beginning of the larva or juvenile periods (sensu Balon) could not coincide with the beginning of the larva and juvenile states in the ontogeny of some species.

Key words

early development herring wolfish eelpout heterochrony 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dimitri A. Pavlov
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  1. 1.Department of Ichthyology, Faculty of BiologyMoscow State UniversityMoscowRussia

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