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Larval Fish Community in the Northwestern Iberian Upwelling System during the Summer Period

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Departamento de Ecología y Recursos Marinos, Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas (IIM-CSIC), 36208 Vigo, Spain
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Facultad Ciencias Básicas, Universidad del Atlántico, Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia
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Centro Oceanográfico de Vigo, Centro Nacional Instituto Español de Oceanografía (IEO, CSIC), 36202 Vigo, Spain
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Academic Editors: Pedro Morais, Ana Faria and Antonio Bode
Received: 6 November 2020 / Revised: 23 August 2021 / Accepted: 7 September 2021 / Published: 15 October 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Fish Larval Biology and Ecology)
The Galician shelf (northwestern Iberian Peninsula) is a highly dynamic area with an important multi-species fisheries industry that exploits resources from several habitats, characterized by being not only highly diverse, rich, and productive but also seasonally and interannually variable. Early life stages of different species are distributed throughout the year, with fluctuating abundances and community composition. Likewise, the influence of environmental factors and processes on larval production and survival remains unknown. Sampling was carried out in July 2012, and all the larvae obtained were identified to establish the specific composition of the community in a summer upwelling scenario. The results show no zonation in the species distribution, a consequence of the mixing effects of the upwelling and eddies, with high diversity but low abundance, which render in a slight predominance of a few species. Due to the dependence of planktonic populations on upwelling events, which was not highly pronounced in 2012, we cannot conclude that this was a typical conformation of the Galician summer larval fish community, but it is a first approach to comprehend the community composition. View Full-Text
Keywords: ichthyoplankton; upwelling system; larval fish community; Northwest Atlantic Ocean; Galicia; summer ichthyoplankton; upwelling system; larval fish community; Northwest Atlantic Ocean; Galicia; summer
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Rábade Uberos, S.; Vergara Castaño, A.R.; Domínguez-Petit, R.; Saborido-Rey, F. Larval Fish Community in the Northwestern Iberian Upwelling System during the Summer Period. Oceans 2021, 2, 700-722. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/oceans2040040

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Rábade Uberos S, Vergara Castaño AR, Domínguez-Petit R, Saborido-Rey F. Larval Fish Community in the Northwestern Iberian Upwelling System during the Summer Period. Oceans. 2021; 2(4):700-722. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/oceans2040040

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Rábade Uberos, Sonia, Alba R. Vergara Castaño, Rosario Domínguez-Petit, and Fran Saborido-Rey. 2021. "Larval Fish Community in the Northwestern Iberian Upwelling System during the Summer Period" Oceans 2, no. 4: 700-722. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/oceans2040040

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