Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries

, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp 403–430 | Cite as

Comparative analysis of reproductive traits in 65 freshwater fish species: application to the domestication of new fish species

  • Fabrice Teletchea
  • Alexis Fostier
  • Ewa Kamler
  • Jean-Noël Gardeur
  • Pierre-Yves Le Bail
  • Bernard Jalabert
  • Pascal Fontaine
Research Paper


Based on an extensive literature search (1,000 references), the objectives of the present study were to establish a numerical clustering of temperate freshwater fish based on their reproductive traits and to evaluate whether it was possible to extrapolate zootechnical knowledge among species belonging to the same cluster. About 65 species were classified into ten homogeneous clusters from the analysis of 29 reproductive traits, among which the most important were temperature during spawning, egg incubation and larval rearing, degree-days for incubation, larval size upon hatching, spawning season, and parental care. From this typology, a rather regular continuum of reproductive clusters emerges with two obvious endpoints. Between these two extremes, species could be ordered chiefly according to temperature requirement, spawning season and parental care. In conclusion, this new typology, differing significantly from all others proposed earlier, may now serve as a possible framework to help enhancing the domestication of new species by comparison to species belonging to the same cluster.


Classification Reproduction Temperate freshwater fish STOREFISH 



Fabrice Teletchea received a post-doctoral fellowship from the Region Lorraine. We would like to sincerely thank both the editor and one anonymous reviewer for their constructive comments on an earlier version of the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fabrice Teletchea
    • 1
  • Alexis Fostier
    • 2
  • Ewa Kamler
    • 3
  • Jean-Noël Gardeur
    • 1
  • Pierre-Yves Le Bail
    • 2
  • Bernard Jalabert
    • 2
  • Pascal Fontaine
    • 1
  1. 1.UR AFPA, Domestication in Inland AquacultureNancy Université INRAVandoeuvre-lès-NancyFrance
  2. 2.INRA, UR 1037-SCRIBE, IFR 140, Ouest GénopôleRennesFrance
  3. 3.Inland Fisheries InstitutePiasecznoPoland

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