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The community structure of larval fish populations in an area of the Celtic Sea in 1998
Acevedo, S.; Dwane, O.; Fives, J.M. (2002). The community structure of larval fish populations in an area of the Celtic Sea in 1998. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. 82(4): 641-648
In: Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Cambridge University Press/Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom: Cambridge. ISSN 0025-3154, more
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Keywords
    Community composition; Larvae; ANE, Celtic Sea [Marine Regions]; Marine

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  • Acevedo, S.
  • Dwane, O.
  • Fives, J.M.

Abstract
    Ichthyoplankton from an area in the Celtic Sea was studied to provide an insight into the fish larval community structure in March, May and June 1998. Three station groups were defined each month, Neritic, Transition and Oceanic. The Neritic assemblages included larval stages of coastal fish species and the Oceanic assemblages included mesopelagic and high-oceanic fish species which were not recorded from any of the Neritic stations. The Transition stations usually contained species characteristic of both the Neritic and Oceanic assemblages. It is suggested that these broad patterns of larval fish distributions are constant features of the Celtic Sea area, probably related to the spawning location of the adults. The area is, in general, species poor, with the Oceanic stations usually dominated by a single species, indicating the presence of a large spawning school of fish.

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