Vincent, 2005



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Species Development state Trait Primary Data Secondary Data
Anguilla anguilla Spawning conditions Parental care The parents showed absence of parental care so their behaviour can be classified as non-guarding No care
Anguilla anguilla Spawning conditions Spawning temperature Releasing hormone treated mature female adults tagged with radio transmitters in the Sargasso Sea demonstrated a preference for the upper zone of the ocean at depths of 18.7-18.8°C 18.75 °C
Anguilla anguilla Spawning conditions Spawning depth Releasing hormone treated mature female adults tagged with radio transmitters in the Sargasso Sea demonstrated a preference for the upper zone of the ocean at depths of 250-270 m 260.0 m
Anguilla anguilla Egg Egg adhesiveness Non-sticky Non-Adhesive
Anguilla anguilla Female Age at sexual maturity Males tend to mature at and age of 3-4 years 3.5 years
Anguilla anguilla Egg Egg Buoyancy Pelagic eggs Pelagic
Anguilla anguilla Spawning conditions Spawning season Based on all these observations, we now know that the European eel spawn primarily from March to June within a narrow ellipse whose long axis extends east-west from approximately 48° to 74°W longitude between 23° and 30° N latitude ['March', 'June']
Anguilla anguilla Larvae Temperature during larval development The smallest (probably just hatched) larvae were found at depths between 50 and 300 m with temperatures of 18-24°C respectively 21.0 °C
Anguilla anguilla Female Length at sexual maturity Females mature at a size of > 60 cm 60.0 cm
Anguilla anguilla Male Length at sexual maturity Males tend to mature at a size of around 40 cm 40.0 cm
Anguilla anguilla Female Age at sexual maturity Age at maturity is highly variable, ranging from 6 to 50 years in females over a latitudinal gradient. In Northern Europe the mean age at maturity of females can range from 12 to 20 years (or older), while in Southern Europe it is 6-8 years 7.0 year
Anguilla anguilla Spawning conditions Parity Spawn and then die Semelparous