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

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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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Published in Voprosy Ikhtiologii, 2007, Vol. 47, No. 4, pp. 486–493.

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Suntsov, A.V. A tentative Tholichthys stage in development of Ostracoberyx and its bearing on systematics of Ostracoberycidae. J. Ichthyol. 47, 504–510 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1134/S0032945207070041

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