Development of the Respiratory System in Herring and Plaice Larvae

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This study was initiated to gain some insight into the development of the respiratory system in 2 teleost species, herring (Clupea harengus L.) and plaice (Pleuronectes platessa L.) well separated taxonomically. Plaice hatch with gill arches (Holliday and Jones, 1967) as do herring, but the arches are better developed in the plaice. The gill filaments develop later in both species. The larvae are completely transparent at hatching without respiratory pigment, the blood becoming pink, weeks or months later at metamorphosis.