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Journal of Ichthyology

, Volume 47, Issue 7, pp 504–510 | Cite as

A tentative Tholichthys stage in development of Ostracoberyx and its bearing on systematics of Ostracoberycidae

  • A. V. Suntsov
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Abstract

The unusual larval stage of Ostracoberyx dorygens is described for the first time. A late larva is characterized by a deep body, a very large head with strong spines on preopercular, supraoccipital, and lacrimal bones and a head completely encased with hypertrophied surface bones. Based on a number of morphological characters, this larva is very similar to the pelagic “tholichthys” stage of chaetodontids. A possible relationship between these two families is hypothesized based on similarity of their early stages.

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Sensory Canal Lateral Line Canal Marine Fish Larva 34th Cruise Pelagic Larval Stage 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. V. Suntsov
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  1. 1.Northwest Fisheries Science CenterNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)USA

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