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Larvae Information Summary for  Symphodus melops
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Main Ref: Russell, F.S. 1976
Yolk-sac larvae
  max min mod Ref.
Length at birth (mm) 3 2.5 2.8  
Preanal L. % TL 48.5 40.5 44.5  
Place of development planktonic
Larval area to be filled
Yolk-sac elongated   unpigmented Ref:  
Yolk unsegmented Oil globules no oil globule
Rows on tail no rows
Other melanophores on tail tail partly covered with melanophores
Melanophores on head + trunk melanophores on head + trunk
14 preanal and 18-19 postanal myomeres. The yolk reaches posteriorly to the 6th or 7th preanal myomere.
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 invisible late invisible
Spinal armature   early no spines late no spines
Pigmentation early
Rows on tail no rows
Other melanophores on tail tail partly covered with melanophores
Melanophores on head + trunk melanophores on head + trunk
Pigmentation late
Rows on tail no rows
Other melanophores on tail tail partly covered with melanophores
Melanophores on head + trunk melanophores on head + trunk
Urostyle region   early pigmented late pigmented
Peritoneum covered with melanophores
Pectorals normal without melanophores
Pelvics normal (i.e. small or absent)  
Anterior half of tail covered with melanophores. Melanophores along the whole length of the anal fin. No crescent-shapedarrangement of the melanophores on the head.
  L 1st feeding Ref. Months of presence of larvae
max 3.5   Jan Feb Mar Apr
min 3.3   May Jun Jul Aug
mod 3.4   Sep Oct Nov Dec
Water parameters     Metric characters
Entered by: Froese,Rainer - 19.10.90
Modified by: Reyes,Rodolfo B. - 05.10.94
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