Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Bulletin of Marine Science
The International Larval Fish Conference was held in Sydney, Australia (26- 30 June 1995) as part of the 19th Annual Meeting of the Early Life History Section of the American Fisheries Society. At the conference, we convened a symposium ("Fish Larvae and Systematics: Ontogeny and Relationships") that was intended to stimulate the application of ontogenetic data to solve problems in fish systematics. The brief we gave the contributors to the symposium was this: "The theme of this symposium will be the use of information gained from egg and larval ontogeny in solving problems in systematics and phylogeny. Thus, we are seeking, not papers that just described larval development of various taxa (although we anticipate many papers will include this), but papers which go beyond description and use the larval characters, developmental patterns, etc. to attack problems in fish systematics. For example, we would welcome papers on how larval morphology solved problems of cryptic species amongst adults, or papers that made use of ontogenetic information to assess relationships at species, genus, family or higher level."
Twenty-one papers by authors from 10 countries were presented at this successful symposium.
Leis, JM; Olney, JE; and Okiyama, M, Introduction to the proceedings of the symposium Fish Larvae and Systematics: Ontogeny and relationships (1997). Bulletin of Marine Science, 60(1), 1-5.