Larvae Information Summary for  Aplodactylus lophodon
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Main Ref: Neira, F.J., A.G. Miskiewicz and T. Trnski 1998
Yolk-sac larvae
  max min mod Ref.
Length at birth (mm) 4      
Preanal L. % TL 63 52    
Place of development planktonic
Larval area coastal waters off central New South Wales
Yolk-sac       Ref:  
Yolk   Oil globules  
Post larvae
Striking feature  
Striking shape lateral   dorsal  
Striking feature  
Shape of gut  
Gas bladder   early   late  
Spinal armature   early   late  
Diagnostic characters: gut long (PAL >50%); series of melanophores ventrally along anterior portion of gut in preflexion larvae; body covered with stellate melanophores by early postflexion stage; numerous small melanophores on caudal finfold and around notochord tip. Sequence of fin formation: caudal (5.5-8.3 mm); dorsal (7.4->9.5 mm); anal (7.4->9.5 mm); pectoral (7.6-9.4 mm); pelvic (8.1->9.5 mm). Larvae settle on the bottom at >9.5 mm BL.
Meristic characters
  max min mod Ref.
Total number of myomeres 35 35   33616
Preanal number of myomeres 18 16   33616
  L 1st feeding Ref. Months of presence of larvae
max     Jan Feb Mar Apr
min   May Jun Jul Aug
mod     Sep Oct Nov Dec
Water parameters     Metric characters
Entered by: Luna,Susan M. - 28.07.00
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