Skip Spawning
Figure 4. Skip spawner, winter flounder (Pseudopleuronectes americanus). Winter flounder spawn benthic eggs in estuaries and nearshore habitats of the western North Atlantic Ocean. An individual female spawns in a single, continuous event, occurring earliest (winter) in southern New England and latest (summer) off the coast of Labrador; however, when individuals do not feed well during the previous summer, they do not develop eggs and will skip spawning in the following year.

Reference: Pereira et al. (1999)

Reproductive cycle is immature, developing, ripe, running ripe, spent, and resting. Fish either skip a year or begin developing after the resting phase.


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