Ichthyological Research

, Volume 46, Issue 4, pp 413–418 | Cite as

Larval development of the Indo-Pacific perciform fish,Centrogenys vaigiensis (Pisces: Centrogeniidae)

  • Jeffrey M. Leis
  • Thomas Trnski


Based on seven larvae from northern Australia, development ofCentrogenys vaigiensis—a species of uncertain phylogenetic affinities—is described for the first time. Identification was established from meristic and osteological characters. Development is characterized by few morphological specializations and is apparently completed at a small size (ca 5 mm standard length). Larvae are deep-bodied and compressed, with very limited head spination (small spines on preopercle, subopercle, opercle and supracleithrum). Fin development takes place at about the time of notochord flexion, and is complete at about 4.3 mm, with the exception of anal spine three, which does not fully transform from a soft ray until after settlement. Fin spines are short, smooth and weak. Larvae are apparently limited to near-shore, shallow marine waters, and based on the size of what are apparently settlement-stage larvae, the pelagic period may be short.

Key words

Larvae ontogeny development Centrogeniidae Centrogenys vaigiensis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeffrey M. Leis
    • 1
    • 2
  • Thomas Trnski
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Order of authorship alphabetical Fish Section, Division of Vertebrate ZoologyAustralian MuseumSydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Centre for Evolutionary ResearchAustralian MuseumSydneyAustralia

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