Marine Biology

, Volume 102, Issue 2, pp 153–159 | Cite as

Condition of larval anchovy (Engraulis mordax) in the Southern California Bight, as measured through lipid analysis

  • J. L. Håkanson


Northern anchovy larvae, Engraulis mordax, were collected on five cruises covering the Southern California Bight, one cruise in April 1984, four cruises in January, February and May 1986. The amounts of triacylglycerol, cholesterol and polar lipid were measured in individual anchovy larvae as indicators of their nutritional condition. There was a significant difference in each of the size-specific lipid components between the stations for four of the five cruises. This indicates that all the ocean habitats within a cruise were not equal in promoting growth (and presumably survival) in the anchovy larvae. There were also differences between cruises, where the percentage of the larvae judged to be in poor condition varied from 8 to 27%. Canonical correlation analyses revealed a significant relationship in most cases between the larval fish parameters and the physical and biological data collected from each occupied station. Cholesterol and triacylglycerol were the most important larval components, and the short-term energy storage component in the copepod Calanus pacificus was the most important station component. The data, however, are not sufficient to identify and characterize stations in the field which produce anchovy larvae in good condition.


Cholesterol Triacylglycerol Polar Lipid Canonical Correlation Canonical Correlation Analysis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. L. Håkanson
    • 1
  1. 1.Marine Biology Research Division, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, A-002University of California at San DiegoLa JollaUSA

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