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Free Content Leptocephalus Larvae of the Eel Family Ophichthidae. I. Ophichthus Gomesi Castelnau

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Two hundred fifty-five larvae of Ophichthus gomesi, comprising a developmental series from just hatched to metamorphic, are described. Osteological and morphological development is described and illustrated. A method of determining the number of adult precaudal vertebrae from the leptocephali is provided. This will allow more accuracy in leptocephalus-adult comparisons. Two morphologically distinct, premetamorphic stages of ophichthid leptocephali are named and described.
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Publication date: 1979-07-01

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