Prelude: looking at early development in fishes

  • Vladimír Kováč
  • Gordon H. Copp
Part of the Developments in environmental biology of fishes book series (DEBF, volume 19)


The seed that gave fruit to the workshop from which this volume was derived’ was planted sometime in July 1992 during Vlado’s first exchange visit to Gordon’s laboratory in England. The laboratory was not big, it was not particularly tidy and it was rather modest with respect to equipment. It was there that the first measurements of some small specimens of roach were taken, ignoring the question whether they were larvae or juveniles. A couple of weeks later, we started to discuss the possible correlations between changes in mensural characters and habitat u, e that fish undergo during their early ontogeny and the possible influence of human activities (fragmentation of river systems) on the phenotype. We found some answers (e.g. Kováč & Copp 1996), however, as usual, each answer triggered a proliferation of new questions, some of which were later not expressed exactly in the way we intended (Copp & Kováč 1996).


Larva Period Early Life History Environmental Biology Early Ontogeny Atlantic Halibut 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vladimír Kováč
    • 1
    • 2
  • Gordon H. Copp
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.BratislavaUK
  2. 2.HatfieldUK

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