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Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 2015, Vol 15, Num, 3     (Pages: 385-392)

Early Development and Allometric Growth in Laboratory-Reared European Chub Leuciscus cephalus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Krzysztof Kupren 1 ,Joanna Nowosad 2 ,Daniel Żarski 2 ,Katarzyna Targońska 2 ,Anna Hakuć- Błażowska 1 ,Dariusz Kucharczyk 2

1 Department of Tourism, Recreation and Ecology, University of Warmia and Mazury, 10-719 Olsztyn, Poland
2 Department of Lake and River Fisheries, University of Warmia and Mazury, 10-719 Olsztyn, Poland
DOI : 10.4194/1303-2712-v15_2_24 Viewed : 5045 - Downloaded : 5583 The morphological development and allometric growth patterns in European chub Leuciscus cephalus (L.) (cyprinid fish) were studied under intensive rearing conditions from hatch to day 30. Based on the external morphology, twelve different stages during the early development of chub were identified (ES8b-JS1a; 6.68 ± 0.20 - 20.84 ± 2.15 mm TL).The obtained results revealed that the majority of all allometric changes from the inflection point occurred across a wide range of body lengths. The replacement of temporary organs (e.g. disappearance of finfold) at approximately 21 mm TL did not coincide with a full reduction of relative growth. This growth pattern probably reflects he absence of abrupt changes in the behaviour and habitat of young chubs. Keywords : Leuciscus cephalus; early ontogeny; morphologic d evelopment; allometry