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Early Life History of Marine Fishes$
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Bruce Miller and Sirpa Nummela

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520249721

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520249721.001.0001

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Fish Egg and Larval Identification and Systematics

Fish Egg and Larval Identification and Systematics

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(p.55) Chapter 3 Fish Egg and Larval Identification and Systematics
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Early Life History of Marine Fishes
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Bruce S. Miller

Arthur W. Kendall

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520249721.003.0004

This chapter examines the diversity of eggs and larvae, where it is shown that fish eggs, and in most cases the larvae, are quite different in appearance from the adults, but nevertheless they have distinctive characters that allow for their identification. These egg and larval characters also include systematic information that has been used to imply relationships among fishes, complementing information provided by the adults and from genetic studies. This chapter also discusses the methods and equipment for the morphological identification of fish eggs and larvae and presents examples of the use of larval fish characters in systematics, showing data from selected fish families, viz. the Lightfishes (Gonostomatidae), the Lanternfishes (Myctophidae), the Sculpins (Cottidae), and the Seabasses (Serranidae).

Keywords:   taxonomy, systematics, larval fish, developmental stages, early life stages, morphology

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