Based on an extensive literature search (1,000 references), the objectives of the present study were to establish a numerical clustering of temperate freshwater fish based on their reproductive traits and to evaluate whether it was possible to extrapolate zootechnical knowledge among species belonging to the same cluster. About 65 species were classified into ten homogeneous clusters from the analysis of 29 reproductive traits, among which the most important were temperature during spawning, egg incubation and larval rearing, degree-days for incubation, larval size upon hatching, spawning season, and parental care. From this typology, a rather regular continuum of reproductive clusters emerges with two obvious endpoints. Between these two extremes, species could be ordered chiefly according to temperature requirement, spawning season and parental care. In conclusion, this new typology, differing significantly from all others proposed earlier, may now serve as a possible framework to help enhancing the domestication of new species by comparison to species belonging to the same cluster.
Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries – Springer Journals
Published: Dec 18, 2008
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