Sex differentiation of the European eel in brackish and freshwater environments: a comparative analysis

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Body growth parameters, age and total length at sex differentiation were compared in three European eel Anguilla anguilla populations from Mediterranean sites with different salinity. Whilst body growth was faster in brackish than in freshwater environments, the present analysis shows that body size at sex differentiation might be a physiological invariant.

Keywords: Anguilla anguilla; European eel; body growth; sex differentiation

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione, Politecnico di Milano, via Ponzio 34/5, I-20133 Milano, Italy, 2: Station Biologique de la Tour du Valat, Le Sambuc, F-13200 Arles, France, 3: IRD, BP 1386, Dakar, Sénégal 4: Dipartimento di Scienze Ambientali, Università degli Studi di Parma, Parco Area delle Scienze 33A, I-43100 Parma, Italy

Publication date: October 1, 2006

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