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Larval Fish Course

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

Septembre 2024- date précise à venir

88 heures



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.

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.

Public and requirements

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

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


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

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

Dr. Peter Konstantinidis - Oregon State University, USA

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

Key words

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



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)


Course registration will open in January 2024.

Places are limited to 15 participants.

Registration fee per person for two weeks: 850 €

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 :