Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries

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Observations of Spawning Behaviour in Salmoninae: Salmo, Oncorhynchus and Salvelinus

  • Manu EsteveEmail author


Long-term data from underwater video recordings in the wild and semi-natural channels are compared to the current literature to review the reproductive behaviour of fishes in the subfamily Salmoninae. Male alternative strategies and tactics are discussed. Reproductive behaviour in Salmoninae is divided into different phases related to female nest selection, construction, and completion. Still underwater video frames are used to support conclusions drawn on spawning behaviour.


male reproductive strategies Salmoninae spawning behaviour spawning tactics underwater video 


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  1. 1.Departmento de Biología Animal (Zoologia de Vertebrados), Facultad de BiologíaUniversidad de BarcelonaUSA
  2. 2.Manu EsteveSeattleU.S.A

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