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Environmental Biology of Fishes

, Volume 46, Issue 3, pp 219-223

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The whale shark, Rhincodon typus, is a livebearer: 300 embryos found in one ‘megamamma’ supreme

  • Shoou-Jeng JoungAffiliated withDepartment of Fishery Science, National Taiwan Ocean University
  • , Che-Tsung ChenAffiliated withDepartment of Fishery Science, National Taiwan Ocean University
  • , Eugenie ClarkAffiliated withDepartment of Zoology, University of Maryland
  • , Senzo UchidaAffiliated withOkinawa Expo Aquarium, Motobu-Cho, Okinawa Prefecture
  • , William Y. P. HuangAffiliated withR.O.C. Game Fish Association

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Key words

Rhincodontidae Sizes of embryos Egg cases Reproductive anatomy Obligate lecithotrophic livebearer Ovoviviparity Lecithotrophic viviparity Elasmobranch