Larvae Information Summary for  Hoplunnis sicarius
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Main Ref: Charter, S.R. 1996
Yolk-sac larvae
  max min mod Ref.
Length at birth (mm)        
Preanal L. % TL        
Place of development planktonic
Larval area California Current region
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  
Leptocephalus larva; nephros at about myomere 47 (45-48); gut generally <30% BL with two well developed swellings; pigment postanally along ventral edge of myomeres. Pigmentation: similar through all stages; on tip of snout and lower jaw; laterally and posteriorly on braincase; anterior and posterior to heart; scaterred along gut; lateral row along midline to tail; postanally along ventral edge of myomeres. Sequence of fin development: caudal, dorsal and anal, pectoral.
Meristic characters
  max min mod Ref.
Total number of myomeres 261 245 254 35597
  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. - 14.09.00
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