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Larvae Information Summary for  Lachnolaimus maximus
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Main Ref: Victor, B.C. 1986
Yolk-sac larvae
  max min mod Ref.
Length at birth (mm)        
Preanal L. % TL        
Place of development planktonic
Larval area Caribbean, Puerto Rico
Yolk-sac       Ref:  
Yolk   Oil globules  
Melanophores on head + trunk melanophores on head + trunk
Little pigmen.. Eyes unpigmented. Scattered melanophores occurred in the head region and in a line on the dorsal margin of the body. At 24h after hatching, a line of melanophores along the ventral surface of the body began to develop. At 24-36 h, the eyes became pigmented. At 42h, larvae seemed to be making feeding strikes, pigmentation on the ventral surface of the body increased. At 7-8 days, pigment cells were visible on the tip of the lower jaw and on the lower margin of the gill cover.
Post larvae
Striking feature none
Striking shape lateral   dorsal  
Striking feature none
Shape of gut  
Gas bladder   early   late  
Spinal armature   early   late  
By 10 days posthatch, fin rays had begun to develop, the pelvic fin buds were apparent, and notochord flexion had occurred. Gas bladder inflation also occurred at 10 days posthatch in 10-20% of larvae. By 13 d, the first traces of the juvenile color pattern began to appear, three pigmented lobes on the base of the anal fin developed.
  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. - 17.10.01
Modified by: Luna,Susan M. - 04.07.13
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