Image: Cleared and stained Viperfish

Cleared and stained Viperfish

A cleared and stained Viperfish. Note the blue stained notochord behind the head and the missing vertebral centra.

Ralf Britz
© Ralf Britz


For more information on the lack of vertebral centra and the 'occipito-vertebral gap', click on the link (above right) to 'Grow a backbone'.

NA - neural arch
SN - supraneural
C - centrum
Papo -parapophysis

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Tags fishes, ichthyology, Viperfish, Chauliodus sp, Chauliodontidae,