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Distribution of the larvae of capelin Mallotus villosus and lesser sandeel Ammodytes marinus in the White Sea
- Mishin, A. V., Evseenko, S. A.
- Journal of ichthyology 2016 v.56 no.3 pp. 425-434
- Ammodytes, Mallotus villosus, coastal water, fish larvae, ichthyoplankton, spawning
- The early developmental stages of capelin Mallotus villosus and lesser sandeel Ammodytes marinus were the major representatives of the fish larvae in the ichthyoplankton of the open waters of the White Sea in June 2007 and 2010 and in July 2010 and 2011. The larvae of these two species were widely distributed in the White Sea and have been registered in the large bays and in the other parts of the sea. The larvae of capelin and lesser sandeel were the most abundant in Onega Bay and in Dvina Bay and in Gorlo Strait of the White Sea; the larvae of lesser sandeel have also been found in the coastal waters of Kandalaksha Bay. The schooling of the larvae of these two species were characterized by a relatively permanent localization that referred to the spawning grounds; the shape and the location of the schoolings usually depend on the presence and configuration of the areas of the pronounced gradients of the hydrophysical parameters in these areas.