Check List 3(3): 204-223, doi: 10.15560/3.3.204
Fish larvae in Bahía Sebastián Vizcaíno and the adjacent oceanic region, Baja California, México
expand article infoS. Patricia A. Jiménez-Rosenberg, Ricardo J. Saldierna-Martínez, Gerardo Aceves-Medina, Víctor M. Cota–Gómez
‡ Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas, Mexico
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The taxonomic composition of the fish larvae assemblage of Bahía Sebastián Vizcaíno and the adjacent oceanic region is presented based on oblique zooplankton hauls made during 12 oceanographic surveys between fall 1997 and fall 2000. In total, 186 taxa representing 71 families were collected. Myctophidae, Phosichthyidae, and Engraulidae were the most abundant during winter and Myctophidae, Merlucciidae, and Bathylagidae during spring. In summer and fall Phosichthyidae and Myctophidae were the most abundant. During 1999 and 2000, seasonal variability was identified in the area by the fish larvae composition, defining winter and fall as a low diversity period and spring and summer as a high diversity period. Interannual variability was detected with an El Niño event, with higher larval abundances of tropical and subtropical taxa, and a La Niña event, with high abundances of larvae of Engraulis mordax