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The Occurrence of Larvae of the American Eel, Anguilla Rostrata, in the Straits of Florida and Nearby Areas

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An account is given of a collection of anguillid eel larvae from the Straits of Florida and nearby waters. Those from the Straits and adjacent Bahamian waters belong exclusively to the American species, Anguilla rostrata (LeSueur). Their occurrence is markedly seasonal, with the smallest individuals appearing in April and the largest in August. They are seldom encountered in the fall and winter, although occasional individuals may be kept at sea beyond the normal duration. A collection of elvers from southern Florida is described. The problem of the dispersal of larval eels from the supposed spawning ground to the areas inhabited by the adults is discussed; insufficient evidence exists at this time to allow any conclusions to be drawn. It is emphasized that much remains to be learned of the life-history of the American eel.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 1968-06-01

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