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Larvae Information Summary for  Microstomus kitt
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Main Ref: Russell, F.S. 1976
Yolk-sac larvae
  max min mod Ref.
Length at birth (mm) 5.5 3.5 4.5  
Preanal L. % TL     38.8  
Place of development planktonic
Larval area to be filled
Yolk-sac elongated   pigmented Ref:  
Yolk unsegmented Oil globules no oil globule
Rows on tail no rows
Other melanophores on tail more than two dorso-ventral clusters or bands
Melanophores on head + trunk melanophores on head + trunk
The pigmentation forms the characteristic barred pattern on the body and primordial fin.
Post larvae
Striking feature none
Striking shape lateral short and/or deep dorsal compressed
Striking feature none
Shape of gut spherical or gut loop
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 two dorso-ventral clusters or bands
Melanophores on head + trunk melanophores on head + trunk
Pigmentation late
Rows on tail no rows
Other melanophores on tail more than two dorso-ventral clusters or bands
Melanophores on head + trunk melanophores on head + trunk
Urostyle region   early pigmented late pigmented
Peritoneum covered with melanophores
Pectorals normal  
Pelvics normal (i.e. small or absent)  
At a length of about 9 mm, groups of pigment on the margin of the dorsal and ventral fin are present.
  L 1st feeding Ref. Months of presence of larvae
max     Jan Feb Mar Apr
min   May Jun Jul Aug
mod 6   Sep Oct Nov Dec
Water parameters     Metric characters
Entered by: Froese,Rainer - 19.10.90
Modified by: Luna,Susan M. - 17.09.93
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