Reproduction, Ontogeny and Recruitment

Houde, Edward D., Able, Kenneth W., Strydom, Nadine A., Wolanski, Eric, and Arula, Timo (2022) Reproduction, Ontogeny and Recruitment. In: Whitfield, Alan K., Able, Kenneth W., Blaber, Stephen J.M., and Elliott, Michael, (eds.) Fish and Fisheries in Estuaries: A Global Perspective. © 2022 John Wiley & Sons Ltd., Hoboken, NJ, USA, 60 -187.

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This chapter reviews and synthesises knowledge on reproduction and recruitment in estuary-dependent and estuary-associated fishes. Resident and migrating species (anadromous, catadromous and amphidromous) capitalise on estuarine productivity to ensure successful reproduction. The variable estuarine environments are challenging, but many species are adapted to reproduce in and recruit to these rich and productive ecosystems. Modes of reproduction, including utilisation of nursery habitat by early-life stages and behavioural adaptations, are described, as are contributions of adults to recruitment. Scales and patterns of environmental, hydrodynamic and biological processes that control ingress or retention of early-life stages in estuaries are reviewed. Recruitment processes in estuary-associated species are highly dynamic, depend on fish behaviour, are variably dependent on adult abundance and are difficult to predict. Case studies and global examples are presented to highlight the diversity of strategies and factors that ensure reproductive success.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 9781119705345
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Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2022 01:54
FoR Codes: 37 EARTH SCIENCES > 3707 Hydrology > 370702 Ecohydrology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1803 Fresh, ground and surface water systems and management > 180301 Assessment and management of freshwater ecosystems @ 100%
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