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Helgoland Marine Research

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The reproduction ofBlennius pavo (Teleostei, Blenniidae). I. Ovarial cycle, environmental factors and feeding

  • Robert A. Patzner1, 2
Helgoländer Meeresuntersuchungen198336:BF01995800

Published: 1 March 1983


Blennius (Salaria) pavo is a very common coastal fish in the Mediterranean Sea. The development of the ovary was studied over a period of one year; seven stages of oogenesis are described. Ripe eggs are carried during the spawning season from Juni to August. The ovary shows a resting period of more than half a year (September to March). Environmental factors of the study area such as surface water temperature and daylength are described as well as the condition factors of male and female fish. Observations on food and behaviour during the winter months are also included.


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