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Free Content Larval development of Lupinoblennius nicholsi with comments on larval blenniini identification in Tampa Bay, Florida

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Eggs and larvae of Lupinoblennius nicholsi are described from laboratory-reared and field collected specimens. Eggs are small and compressed, the two axes averaging 0.72 and 0.50 mm. Larvae are 2.4 mm notochord length (NL) at hatching. Distinguishing features of L. nicholsi larvae are early development of pectoral fin rays, extremely dark and deeply-notched pectoral membranes, and the lack of pronounced preopercular spination. Larvae are contrasted with Hypsoblennius hentzi and Chasmodes saburrae for these and other characters. Literature errors are discussed.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 1985

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