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Short lifespan and apoptosis in Aphia minuta

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Evidence is presented that apoptosis of intestinal enterocytes is implicated in adult mortality immediately after the breeding season in Aphia minuta, a paedomorphic goby that spends its whole life cycle of <1 year in the water column as a pelagic and planktophagous fish. This could be the first documented case in which apoptosis triggers a population dynamic process such as natural mortality in a vertebrate.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Istituto di Biologia e Genetica, Università di Ancona, via Brecce Blanche, 60131 Ancona, Italy 2: IRPEM-CNR, Largo Fiera della Pesca, 60125 Ancona, Italy 3: INRCA, via Birarelli 8, 60121 Ancona, Italy

Publication date: 2002-03-01

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