|Patterns and propensities in reproduction and growth of marine fishes|
Cury, P.; Pauly, D. (2000). Patterns and propensities in reproduction and growth of marine fishes. Ecological Research 15: 101-106
In: Ecological Research. Ecological Society of Japan: Tokyo. ISSN 0912-3814, more
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A number of strong regularities characterize certain very basic biological parameters in marine fishes. For example, the ovulated eggs of fish usually measure approximately 1 mm in diameter. The small, relatively uniform size of the eggs means that almost all fish larvae experience environmental variability at very similar scales, which itself establishes strong constraints for, and links between reproduction and recruitment. Additional constraints emerge from seawater being a poor medium for respiration, which establishes further linkages between growth and mortality. These constraints have produced strongly convergent features, and thence the patterns in reproduction and growth of marine fishes that are presented.