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Larval Fish Course

International lecture and laboratory course at the marine station in Concarneau.

We offer an international lecture and laboratory course at the marine station of the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle in Concarneau, France, based on samples from the Eastern North Atlantic and Pacific Ocean.


Registration is open for technicians and researchers as well for phd students and for master

Date et duration

  • 23-27 september 2024 Easter north Atlantic sampler
  • 30 september-4 october north Atlantic Sampler and Pacific Ocean sampler

It is possible to sign up for only the first week or both weeks

35h/ week


All lectures and labs are given in English. Knowledge and/or experience in fisheries and/or ichtyology are expected.


We provide :
- labs on larval fish identification,
- lectures on key identification features, systematics, and ecology,
- lectures on sampling and preservation methods.

Target skills

  • You will get a comprehensive view of the ecology and taxonomy of early life history stages of fishes.
  • We will get you started on how to identify your own larval fish samples.

Teaching outline

  • What is a larva?
  • What do larvae feed on, and how do they feed, match-mismatch theory.
  • Physical processes, environmental factors.
  • Age and growth.
  • Cohorts, recruitment.
  • Climate change.
  • Sampling and preservation methods.
  • Fish egg identification, key identification features, relevant literature and available resources.
  • Computer identification keys.
  • The citizen science project “objectif plancton”.

Lectures and labs on the identification of the following taxa:

  • Anguilliformes (Congridae)
  • Clupeiformes (Clupeidae, Engraulidae)
  • Stomiiformes (Gonostomatidae, Sternoptychidae, Phosichthyidae, Stomiidae)
  • Aulopiformes (Synodontidae, Evermanellidae, Scopelarchidae)
  • Myctophiformes (Myctophidae)
  • Lampridiformes (Lamprididae, Trachipteridae)
  • Ophidiiformes (Carapidae, Ophidiidae, Bythitidae)
  • Gadiformes (Bregmacerotidae, Gadidae, Merluciidae)
  • Beryciformes (Holocentridae, Diretmidae)
  • Scorpaeniformes (Scorpaenidae, Cottidae)
  • Syngnathiformes (Syngnathidae, Fistulariidae)
  • Atheriniformes (Atherinidae)
  • Percomorph families: e.g., Acanthuridae, Acropomatidae, Apogonidae, Ammodytidae, Blenniidae, Callanthiidae, Callionymidae, Carangidae, Chaetodontidae, Champsodontidae, Chiasmodontidae, Coryphaenidae, Gempylidae, Gobiidae, Labridae, Lethrinidae, Lutjanidae, Melamphaidae, Moronidae, Pomacanthidae, Pomacentridae, Rachycentridae, Scombridae, Serranidae, Sparidae, etc.)
  • Pleuronectiformes (Scophthalmidae, Bothidae, Pleuronectidae, Soleidae)
  • Tetraodontiformes (Molidae, Diodontidae, Balistidae)


Dr. Catriona Clemmesen - GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany

Dr. Cindy van Damme - Wageningen Marine Research, The Netherlands

Dr. Peter Konstantinidis - Leibniz Institute, Germany

Dr. Nalani Schnell - MNHN, Marine Station Concarneau, France

> Fiche formation


Key words

Larval fishes, identification, fish ecology, fish systematics, teleosts, ichthyoplankton, sampling methods, preservation methods.




Course registration are open from january 15.

Places are limited to 15 participants.

Registration fee :

> For 2 weeks : 2100€

>For public structures and individuals reduction of 50% of the costs of training (1 050€)

> For the first week only : 1050€

>For public structures and individuals reduction of 20% of the costs of training (840€)

Registration fee includes lunches, tea/coffee breaks during the course, and a course manual.

Not included is lodging and meals other than lunches. You will be on your own during the weekend.

Contact et inscription


For any further information please contact : Nalani Schnell

Registration :