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Relationship between Fish Larval Biomass and Plankton Production in the South Tyrrhenian Sea

  • R. Bruno
  • A. Granata
  • A. Cefali
  • L. Guglielmo
  • G. Brancato
  • P. Barbera

Abstract

Fish larval biomass was compared with plankton abundance and production in the coastal south Tyrrhenian Sea from November 1994 to October 1995. Sardina pilchardus was the most representative species in biomass, followed by Gymnammodytes cicerellus. S. pilchardus showed a larger spawning period (January to May) together with Engraulis encrasico/us (July to November). Ichthyoplankton standing stocks peaked in February (6.28 gm-2), preceeding both the first primary production peak and the spring maximum zooplankton biomass in May. The results demonstrate that no temporal overlapping occurred among fish larval species in the coastal waters of the southern Tyrrhenian Sea.

Keywords

Fish Larva Plankton Production Sardina Pilchardus Scotian Shelf Larval Biomass 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Bruno
    • 1
  • A. Granata
    • 1
  • A. Cefali
    • 1
  • L. Guglielmo
    • 1
  • G. Brancato
    • 1
  • P. Barbera
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Biologia Animale ed Ecologia MarinaUniversità di MessinaItaly

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