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Key Nutritional Factors in Larval Development

Fish larvae are fascinating tiny free living forms of vertebrates. They are unique from their parents not only in the physical appearance but also in the nutritional requirement and feeding patterns. The larval phase are the most sensitive period in the rearing of fishes and mortality will be more intensive during this period because of the poor understanding of their nutritional needs and the physiology of the larval forms. This paper reviews the key nutritional factors which contributes in the growth and morphological changes in the larval forms and also the defects cause in larvae due to the lack of these key nutritional factors.