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Composition of a Lutjanid larva and some potential prey and predators. Images are not to scale. Image: Kelia E. Axler

Latest advances in research on fish early life stages
The study of early developmental stages of fish has been pivotal in promoting interdisciplinary marine sciences, linking physical oceanographic, fisheries and conservation science. Building on the 43rd Annual Larval Fish Conference hosted in Mallorca (Spain) in May 2019, this Theme Section assembles original research articles, opinion pieces, short notes and reviews highlighting recent advances in the study of the early life stages of fish. Contributions will target a wide range of topics ranging from the application of new high-throughput analytical techniques to theoretical and quantitative advances in fundamental processes at the cellular to ecosystem levels (molecular and behavioural ecology, physiology, growth/mortality, trophodynamics), to practical and operational management applications.


Organizers: Ignacio A. Catalán, Patricia Reglero, Itziar Álvarez


Editors: Rebecca Asch, Ignacio A. Catalán, Jana Davis, Susana Garrido, Franz Mueter, Pilar Olivar, Myron Peck


Status: Submissions are now closed


Individual Theme Section articles are published 'Advance View' as soon as they are ready. Once the Theme Section is completed, they will be fully published in a regular volume of MEPS and given a volume number and page range. Theme Section literature cites within the articles will also be updated.

Faillettaz R, Voué R, Crec’hriou R, Garsi LH, Lecaillon G, Agostini S, Lenfant P, Irisson JO
Spatio-temporal patterns of larval fish settlement in the northwestern Mediterranean Sea
MEPS LFC: AV1 | Full text in pdf format

Gleiber MR, Sponaugle S, Robinson KL, Cowen RK
Food web constraints on larval growth in subtropical coral reef and pelagic fishes
MEPS LFC: AV2 | Full text in pdf format

Contreras T, Olivar MP, González-Gordillo JI, Hulley PA
Feeding patterns of transforming and juvenile myctophids that migrate into neustonic layers
MEPS LFC: AV3 | Full text in pdf format

Leis JM
Measurement of swimming ability in larval marine fishes: comparison of critical speed with in situ speed
MEPS LFC: AV4 | Full text in pdf format

Ferreira ASA, Stige LC, Neuheimer AB, Bogstad B, Yaragina N, Prokopchuk I, Durant JM
Match-mismatch dynamics in the Norwegian-Barents Sea system
MEPS LFC: AV5 | Full text in pdf format

Planas M, Chamorro A, Paltrinieri A, Campos S, Jiménez A, Nedelec K, Hernández-Urcera J
Effect of diet on breeders and inheritance in syngnathids: application of isotopic experimentally derived data to field studies
MEPS LFC: AV6 | Full text in pdf format

Vicente P, Martins-Cardoso S, Almada F, Gonçalves EJ, Faria AM
Chemical cues from habitats and conspecifics guide sand-smelt Atherina presbyter larvae to reefs
MEPS LFC: AV7 | Full text in pdf format

Berg F, Andersson L, Folkvord A
Respiration rates of herring larvae at different salinities, and effects of previous environmental history
MEPS LFC: AV8 | Full text in pdf format

Fennie HW, Sponaugle S, Daly EA, Brodeur RD
Prey tell: what quillback rockfish early life history traits reveal about their survival in encounters with juvenile coho salmon
MEPS LFC: AV9 | Full text in pdf format

Swieca K, Sponaugle S, Briseño-Avena C, Schmid MS, Brodeur RD, Cowen RK
Changing with the tides: fine-scale larval fish prey availability and predation pressure near a tidally modulated river plume
MEPS LFC: AV10 | Full text in pdf format

Raya V, Salat J, Sabatés A
The box-balance model: a new tool to assess fish larval survival, applied to field data on two small pelagic fish
MEPS LFC: AV11 | Full text in pdf format

Bernal Bajo A, Castro LR, Costalago D
Elucidating trophic pathways of the most abundant fish larvae in northern Patagonia using δ13C and δ15N isotopes
MEPS LFC: AV12 | Full text in pdf format

Axler KE, Sponaugle S, Briseño-Avena C, Hernandez F Jr, Warner SJ, Dzwonkowski B, Dykstra SL, Cowen RK
Fine-scale larval fish distributions and predator-prey dynamics in a coastal river-dominated ecosystem
MEPS LFC: AV13 | Full text in pdf format

Axler KE, Sponaugle S, Hernandez F Jr, Culpepper C, Cowen RK
Consequences of plume encounter on larval fish growth and condition in the Gulf of Mexico
MEPS LFC: AV14 | Full text in pdf format

Khamassi S, Coussau L, Guillemette M, Robert D
Evidence of post-larval growth-selective mortality in Atlantic mackerel revealed by the collection of young-of-the-year juveniles ingested by the northern gannet
MEPS LFC: AV15 | Full text in pdf format

Ospina-Alvarez A, de Juan S, Alós J, Basterretxea G, Alonso-Fernández A, Follana-Berná G, Palmer M, Catalán IA
MPA network design based on graph theory and emergent properties of larval dispersal
MEPS LFC: AV16 | Full text in pdf format