Dr Vladimir Laptikhovsky


Dr. Vladimir Laptikhovsky
Data Analyst / Fishery Scientist
email: vlaptikhovsky ‘at’
mobile: +500 54993
work: +500 27260

Research Interests

Population biology, fishery management and stock assessment in cephalopods, finfish and elasmobranchs; reproductive biology of cephalopods and teleost fish; trophic relations in fish and cephalopods; seabird biology and interaction with fishery fleet.

Background and Qualifications

1985 – MSc in ichthyology and aquaculture, Kaliningrad State Technical University, Russia (“Reproductive system functioning in male squid Illex argentinus”)
1995 – PhD in hydrobiology, Kaliningrad State Technical University, Russia (“Reproductive strategies in squid family Ommastrephidae: fecundity, duration of embryogenesis and mortality”)
2006 - DSc in hydrobiology, Russian Federal Research Institute of Fishery and Oceanography (VNIRO), Moscow (“Ecology of cephalopod reproduction”)

Vlad is currently working on the fisheries and oceanographic databases using both fishery and research data for purposes of investigations of fish and squid biology and stock management. Also he is involved into a range of project including studies of feeding and reproduction of the different fish and squid species around the Falkland Islands.

In 1985-1998 Vlad worked in the laboratory of commercial invertebrates of Atlantic Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography (AtlantNIRO, Kaliningrad, Russia) as a scientist. He studied the reproductive biology and fisheries of the different commercial squids and octopods in the Atlantic and North Pacific. Since 1995 he also worked on the assessment of small pelagic fish stocks off Northwest Africa as a chief scientist on several expeditions. In 1996 he participated (as one of two allotted scientists) in the first round-the-world cruise onboard the tallship “Kruzenshtern” dedicated to 300 years jubilee of the Russian fleet. In 1999-2000 he worked as an observer in Falkland Islands Fisheries Dept conducting research on the reproduction of the squid, Loligo gahi, as well as dietary studies on finfish and elasmobranchs. In 2001-2002 he returned to AtlantNIRO and resumed investigations of pelagic resources of Morocco and Mauritania. In January–March 2002 Vlad was invited by the University of Izmir, Turkey to study reproduction of cephalopods in the Aegean Sea. In July 2002 he returned to the Falkland Islands as an observer, and since 2004 has worked as the Data Analyst.

He has authored 104 publications, the most important of which are:



Laptikhovsky V.V., Nigmatullun Ch.M. (1993). Egg size, fecundity, and spawning in females of the genus Illex (Cephalopoda: Ommastrephidae). ICES Journal of marine Science, 50, 393-403.
Laptikhovsky V.V., Arkhipkin A.I. & Golub A.A. (1993). Larval age, growth and mortality in the oceanic squid Sthenoteuthis pteropus (Cephalopoda, Ommastrephidae) from the eastern tropical Atlantic. Journal of Plankton research, 15 (4), 375-384.
Arkhipkin A., Laptikhovsky V. (1994). Seasonal and interannual variability in growth and maturation of winter-spawning Illex argentinus (Cephalopoda, Ommastrephidae) in the Southwest Atlantic. Aquatic Living Resources, 7, 221-232.
Laptikhovsky V.V., Nigmatullin Ch.M. (1996). The biflagellate spermatozoa of the squid genus Illex (Cephalopoda, Ommastrephidae): Morphology, activity and concentration in spermatophores. Ruthenica, 6 (2), 149-159.
Laptikhovsky V.V. (1998). Differentiation of reproductive strategies within a taxon, as exemplified by octopods. Ruthenica, 8 (1), 77-80.
Laptikhovsky V., Fetisov A. (1999). Scavenging by fish of discards from the Patagonian squid fishery. Fisheries research. 41(1): 93-97.
Laptikhovsky V.V. (1999). Fecundity and spawning in squid of families Enoploteuthidae and Ancystrocheiridae (Cephalopoda: Oegopsida). Scientia Marina, 63 (1) : 1-7.
Laptikhovsky V.V. (1999). Fecundity and reproductive strategy of three species of octopods from the northwest Bering Sea. Russian Journal of Marine Biology, 25 (4): 342-347. (In Russian with English summary).
Laptikhovsky V.V. (1999). Improved mathematical model to study the duration of embryogenesis in cephalopod mollusks. Ruthenica, 9 (2): 141-146.
Laptikhovsky V.V. (1999). Seasonal changes of species composition, numbers, biomass and food consumption in seabirds on the shelf and continental slope of Morocco. Zoologicheskyi Zhurnal, 78 (11): 1340-1346. (In Russian with English summary).
Laptikhovsky V. (2001). Fecundity, egg masses and hatchlings of Benthoctopus spp (Octopodidae) in the Falkland waters. J.mar.biol.Ass.U.K., 81 (2): 267-270.
Laptikhovsky V.V. (2001) First data on ovary maturation and fecundity in the squid family Histioteuthidae. Scientia Marina, 65 (2) 127-129.
Laptikhovsky V.V. (2001). Distribution and numbers of cetaceans in waters off Northwest Africa and their role in ecosystem. Zoologicheskiy Zh., 80 (3): 358-363. (In Russian).
Laptikhovsky V.V., Arkhipkin A.I. 2001. Oogenesis in the squid Loligo gahi in the southeast shelf of the Falkland Islands // J.Moll.Stud. V.67. P. 475-482.
Laptikhovsky V.V., Arkhipkin A.I., Henderson A.C. 2001. Feeding habits and dietary overlap in spiny dogfish Squalus acanthias (Squalidae) and narrowmouth catshark Sroederichthys bivius (Scyliorhinidae) // J.mar.biol.Ass.U.K, 81: 1015-1018.
Laptikhovsky V.V. 2002. Diurnal feeding rhythm of the short-fin squid Illex argentinus (Cephalopoda: Ommastrephidae) in the Falkland waters // Fisheries Research, 59: 233-237.
Laptikhovsky V.V. 2002. Ecology of decapod cephalopod reproduction (Cephalopoda: Teuthidae, Sepiidae) // Zool.Zh., 81(11): 1319-1328 (In Russian).
Laptikhovsky V.V., Arkhipkin, A.I., Middleton D.A.J., Butcher L.R. 2002. Ovary maturation and fecundity of the squid Loligo gahi in the southeast shelf of the Falkland Islands. Bull. Mar. Sci. 71 (1): 449-464.
Laptikhovsky, V., Arkhipkin, A. 2003. An impact of seasonal squid migrations and fishery on the feeding spectra of subantarctic notothenioids Patagonotothen ramsayi and Cottoperca gobio around the Falkland Islands. J. Appl.Ichthyol. 19 (1): 35-39.
Laptikhovsky V., Salman A. 2003. On the reproductive strategies of the epipelagic octopods of the superfamily Argonautoidea (Cephalopoda: Octopoda) // Marine Biology, 142: 321-326.
Laptikhovsky V.V., Golub A.N. 2003. Estimation of abundance of fulmars (Fulmarus glacialis, Procellariidae) on fishery grounds in the Irminger Sea, and a role of fishery discards in their feeding. Zool.Zh. 82 (1): 120-122. (In Russian)
Laptikhovsky V., Salman A., Onsoy B., Katagan T. 2003. Fecundity of the common cuttlefish, Sepia officinalis L. (Cephalopoda, Sepiida): a new look on an old problem. Scientia Marina 67 (3): 279-284.
Laptikhovsky V.V. 2004. A comparative study of the diet in three sympatric populations of Patagonotothen sp (Pisces: Nototheniidae). Polar Biology.27: 202-205.
 Laptikhovsky V. 2004. The survival rates of rays discarded by the squid-targeting bottom trawl fishery off the Falkland Islands. Fishery Bulletin, 102(4): 757-759.
Laptikhovsky, V., Brickle P. 2005. The Patagonian toothfish fishery in Falkland Islands’ waters // Fisheries Research, 74: 11-23.
Laptikhovsky V. (2005) A trophic ecology of two grenadier species (Macrouridae, Pisces) in deep waters of the Southwest Atlantic // Deep – Sea Research I, 52: 1502-1514.
Laptikhovsky, V., Salman A, and MoustahfId H. (2005). Morphological changes at maturation and systematics in the squid genus Alloteuthis. Bull.Phuket.Mar.Biol.Centre, 66: 187-193.
Laptikhovsky, V.V., Nigmatullin Ch.M. (2005). Female reproductive biology of the orange-back squid, Sthenoteuthis pteropus (Steenstup) (Ommastrephidae: Oegopsidae) in the eastern tropical Atlantic. Scientia Marina, 69 (3): 383-390.
Laptikhovsky, V., Brickle, P., Arkhipkin, A. (2006). Distribution and reproduction of the Patagonian toothfish, Dissostichus eleginoides Smitt, around the Falkland Islands // Journal of Fish Biology, 68: 849-861.
Laptikhovsky V. (2006). Latitudinal and bathymetric trends in egg size variation: a new look at Thorson’s and Rass’s rules // Marine Ecology, 27: 7-14.

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