Reproductive Strategies of the Antarctic Silverfish: Known Knowns, Known Unknowns and Unknown Unknowns

  • Laura GhigliottiEmail author
  • Volodymyr V. Herasymchuk
  • Karl-Hermann Kock
  • Marino Vacchi
Part of the Advances in Polar Ecology book series (AVPE, volume 3)


Reproduction is a key step of a species life history and includes a suite of strategies and tactics enacted to allow the maximization of reproductively active offspring in relation to available energy and parental life expectancy. Gender system, oogenesis pattern, maturation schedule, shifts in habitat utilization, spawning seasonality, mating behavior, and fertilization pattern are among the traits involved in the process of species adaptive optimization of reproduction.

In this frame, here we review the reproductive traits of the Antarctic silverfish (Pleuragramma antarctica) based on the available macroscopic and histological data. Then, we will step forward by focusing on two aspects of this species’ reproduction: (i) skipped spawning; (ii) potential location of reproduction sites along the Antarctic coasts.


Antarctic fish Ovarian maturation Atresia Skip spawning Nursery area 



This work is also intended as a tribute to the memory of Tatiana I. Faleeva who greatly contributed to the knowledge on the reproductive biology of the Antarctic silverfish.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laura Ghigliotti
    • 1
    Email author
  • Volodymyr V. Herasymchuk
    • 2
  • Karl-Hermann Kock
    • 3
  • Marino Vacchi
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Marine Sciences (ISMAR) - CNRGenoaItaly
  2. 2.KyivUkraine
  3. 3.AmmersbekGermany

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