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Larval basslet movies

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 04 Mar 2012

Fishes of the genus Liopropoma have have extremely long ornate second and third dorsal fin spines during their pelagic larval phase. This ornamentation is lost when the larvae metamophose during the transition between open water habitat and the reefs where Liopropoma species live as adults.

Illustration of a larval Basslet

Suzanne Bullock © Suzanne Bullock

The movies below show a Liopropoma larva being raised by Todd Gardner at the Long Island Aquarium

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Tags fishes, ichthyology, Larval basslet, Liopropoma sp, movie, Serranidae,