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Larvae Information Summary for  Boops boops
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Main Ref: Bertolini, F., U. D'Ancona, E. Padoa Montalenti, S. Ranzi, L. Sanzo, A. Sparta, E. Tortonese and M. Vialli 1956
Yolk-sac larvae
  max min mod Ref.
Length at birth (mm)     3.2  
Preanal L. % TL     44.3  
Place of development planktonic
Larval area Mediterranean
Yolk-sac elongated   unpigmented Ref:  
Yolk unsegmented Oil globules one oil globuleposteriordorsalpigmented
Rows on tail ventral row
Other melanophores on tail one dorso-ventral cluster or band
Melanophores on head + trunk melanophores on head + trunk
Tail relatively long.
Post larvae
Striking feature none
Striking shape lateral normal (not striking) dorsal normal (not striking)
Striking feature none
Shape of gut triangular
Gas bladder   early pigmented late pigmented
Spinal armature   early   late  
Pigmentation early
Rows on tail ventral row
Other melanophores on tail tail with single melanophore
Melanophores on head + trunk melanophores on head
Pigmentation late
Rows on tail ventral row
Other melanophores on tail tail with single melanophore
Melanophores on head + trunk melanophores on head
Urostyle region   early pigmented late pigmented
Peritoneum with row of melanophores
Pectorals normal  
Pelvics normal (i.e. small or absent)  
At a length of 10 mm there is one melanophore behind the second dorsal fin and two on the upper side of the head.
Meristic characters
  max min mod Ref.
Total number of vertebrae 26 24 25  
Preanal number of vertebrae 8 6 7  
  L 1st feeding Ref. Months of presence of larvae    Ref. 
max     Jan Feb Mar Apr
min   May Jun Jul Aug
mod 4.8   Sep Oct Nov Dec
Water parameters     Metric characters
Entered by: Papasissi,Christine - 29.10.90
Modified by: Luna,Susan M. - 17.07.02
Checked by: Giovanardi,Otello - 15.02.91
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