Reproduction and Early Life History of the Sculpin Fish

1714 Words7 Pages
Reproduction and Early Life History of the Sculpin Fish Have you ever personally thought that fish were an interesting subject? Most people don't. The majority of individuals consider fish ordinary, routine and insignificant. However with a closer look, you may discover that fish can be extraordinary and extremely significant in more ways than one. With proper education and better understanding, people will not only realize the importance of the fish, but also the relevance of issues such as the spawning, life history and life span of fish such as Jordania zonope (sculpins). Prior to the spawning season (December-January), the males move into the spawning zone in fresh water or brackish water and are later joined by the females (Krejsa 1967; McAllister and Lindsey 1960), [On-line]. Krejsa (1967) has reported that spawning migration is limited to the coastal population and does not occur in the inland population. Judging from the location of sculpin larvae taken in this study, both migratory and nonmigratory populations exist. Spawning takes place February through June (Krejsa 1967), [On-line]; mainly in March and April (Moyle 1976), [On-line]; February through May (Millikan 1968), [On-line]; January through September; January through May in Central Valley floor waters; and May through September in the foothill creeks. The average temperature for spawning is 8-13 C (Krejsa 1967). The saltinity is 12 ppt (Millikan 1968); freshwater to intertidal (Moyle 1976); freshwater to oligohaline. Some substrates are large cobbles or flat rocks (Krejsa 1967); under surface of rocks, in beer cans, rusting automobile bodies (Millikan1968), [On-line]; trash (Moyle 1976), [On-line]; under-surfaces or crevices of rocky bottoms an... ... middle of paper ... ....html (30 September 2000) Moyle, (1976). Sculpin - Cottus asper (Richardson) elib.cs.berkeley.edu/kopec/tr9/html/sp-prickly-sculpin.html (30 September 2000) Patten, (1971). Sculpin - Cottus asper (Richardson) elib.cs.berkeley.edu/kopec/tr9/html/sp-prickly-sculpin.html (30 September 2000) Richardson and Washington, (1980). Sculpin - Cottus asper (Richardson) elib.cs.berkeley.edu/kopec/tr9/html/sp-prickly-sculpin.html (30 September 2000) Scott and Crossman, (1973). Sculpin - Cottus asper (Richardson) elib.cs.berkeley.edu/kopec/tr9/html/sp-prickly-sculpin.html (30 September 2000) Stein, (1972). Sculpin - Cottus asper (Richardson) elib.cs.berkeley.edu/kopec/tr9/html/sp-prickly-sculpin.html (30 September 2000) Turner, (1966). Sculpin - Cottus asper (Richardson) elib.cs.berkeley.edu/kopec/tr9/html/sp-prickly-sculpin.html (30 September 2000)

    More about Reproduction and Early Life History of the Sculpin Fish

      Open Document