Helgoländer Meeresuntersuchungen

, Volume 34, Issue 3, pp 257–262 | Cite as

On condition factor measurements in Pacific herring larvae

  • H. v. Westernhagen
  • H. Rosenthal


Condition factors (CF = mg · mm−3 · 100) of Pacific herring larvae from Departure Bay, Canada, were determined from two larval year classes and compared for yolk sac and post-yolk sac feeding larvae. Decline in condition factors for yolk sac larvae was similar in both years. Subsequent increase of condition factors after passing the transitional phase between loss of yolk and first feeding was identical for both years. The occurrence of emaciated larvae in 1976 was attributed to poor food supply during the “critical period” (the time of first food uptake).


Clupea Harengus Prey Concentration Yolk Volume Poor Food Supply Clupea Harengus Pallasi 
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© Biologische Anstalt Helgoland 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. v. Westernhagen
    • 1
  • H. Rosenthal
    • 1
  1. 1.Biologische Anstalt Helgoland (Zentrale)Hamburg 50Federal Republic of Germany

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