Behaviour and the distribution of flatfishes

Robin N Gibson

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Abstract

The paper reviews the changes in distribution that take place during the development of flatfishes from the egg to the adult. It describes the behaviour patterns involved in changing habitats, particularly the use of vertical migration to take advantage of tidal currents to aid transport, and the controlling mechanisms underlying these behaviour patterns. The discussion of mechanisms concentrates on the role of possible external (light, temperature, salinity, currents and pressure) and internal (endogenous rhythms, physiological state) cues used to time movements. It also considers the likely clues for directing movement (mainly environmental gradients) and for recognising destinations (food, conspecifics, chemical characteristics, substratum type). Finally, the role of learning in flatfish movement patterns is briefly discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-256
Number of pages16
JournalJ SEA RES
Volume37
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 1997

Keywords

  • WADDEN SEA
  • PLAICE PLEURONECTES-PLATESSA
  • SOLE SOLEA-SOLEA
  • SOUTHERN NORTH-SEA
  • Marine & Freshwater Biology
  • SWIMMING ACTIVITY
  • JUVENILE DOVER SOLE
  • FLOUNDER PARALICHTHYS-OLIVACEUS
  • Oceanography
  • VERTICAL MOVEMENTS
  • SELECTIVE TIDAL TRANSPORT
  • ACTIVITY RHYTHMS

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