Scientia Marina, Vol 64, No 1 (2000)

Fish larvae from the Canary region in autumn

J. M. Rodríguez
Instituto Español de Oceanografía, Centro Oceanográfico de Canarias, Spain


In this paper, the taxonomic composition of the fish larvae community in the Canary region in autumn 1991 is presented. In total, 8699 larvae belonging to 58 fish families were studied. 176 taxonomic groups were identified, 149 at species level and the rest were identified at a higher level. The most numerous family and the one that presented the greatest number of species was Myctophidae. The most frequently caught species was Cyclothone braueri. The taxonomic composition (at family level) of the fish larvae community, dominated by four mesopelagic families, was typical of oceanic regions of warm waters. The most remarkable feature of the fish larvae community was its high specific diversity.


ichthyoplankton; fish larvae; taxonomic composition; Canary region

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