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Reproduction in Fish

  1. William C Hamlett

Published Online: 22 JUL 2003

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0001852



How to Cite

Hamlett, W. C. 2003. Reproduction in Fish. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Indiana University School of Medicine, Notre Dame, Indiana, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 22 JUL 2003


Reproduction in fishes generally involves external fertilization and development of yolk-reliant offspring; however, there are a variety of live-bearing species that utilize internal fertilization and a wide array of developmental mechanisms to support their developing young.


  • osteichthyes;
  • chondrichthyes;
  • oviparity;
  • viviparity;
  • reproduction