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Environmental Biology of Fishes

, Volume 30, Issue 1–2, pp 203–224 | Cite as

Ecology of pelagic larvae and juveniles of the genusSebastes

  • H. Geoffrey Moser
  • George W. Boehlert
Identification, Systematics and Ecology

Synopsis

Pelagic larvae and juveniles of the genusSebastes are widely distributed in the continental shelf and slope waters of subarctic to temperate oceans, with greatest abundance in the Northern Hemisphere. We review the ecology and distribution of these planktonic and micronektonic life stages in relation to oceanographic conditions. Special attention is paid to the west coast of North America, where abundance of larvae from samples collected during 1951–1981 is described. After transformation, the pelagic juveniles are widely distributed, often at great distances from benthic adult habitats. These stages are most frequently distributed in either midwater or near-surface habitats; this dichotomy may require different strategies for successful recruitment.

Key words

Scorpaenidae Rockfish Distribution Ichthyoplankton 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Geoffrey Moser
    • 1
  • George W. Boehlert
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Southwest Fisheries CenterNational Marine Fisheries ServiceLa JollaU.S.A.
  2. 2.Southwest Fisheries Center Honolulu LaboratoryNational Marine Fisheries Service, NOAAHonolulu
  3. 3.Joint Institute of Marine and Atmospheric ResearchUniversity of HawaiiHonoluluU.S.A.

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