Fish Egg and Larval Identification and Systematics

Bruce S. Miller and Arthur W. Kendall

in Early Life History of Marine Fishes

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780520249721
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943766 | DOI:
Fish Egg and Larval Identification and Systematics

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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

Chapter.  14355 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aquatic Biology

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