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Reproduction and Histology

Reproductive biology is an important aspect of fish life history. Scientists are studying gonadal tissue samples of reef fish species in the Gulf of Mexico using high-quality histological techniques to better understand reproductive cycles and spawning locations.



Reproduction Dynamics

By learning when and where key species spawn, researchers hope to develop species-specific reproductive studies that will help fisheries managers develop strategies that protect spawning populations.

Reef Fish Reproductive Phases and Key Histological Indicators

Standardized terminology for describing reproductive development and histological indicators promotes better communication and comparison of research.

Reproductive Terminology

Scientists can use this table of standardized reproductive terms and definitions to more effectively communicate about reproductive research.

Flickr Photo Set: Reef Fish Reproduction and Histology

View gonadal tissue samples of target reef fish species in the Gulf of Mexico.


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