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Anguilliformes - Nemichthyidae

Nemichthys scolopaceus (Slender Snipe Eel)

Illustration Meristics Life History ELH Descr. Distribution Footnotes
More information for this taxon at: LarvalBase | FishBase | Univ. Washington Data


Egg Diameter (min-max in mm):
Number of Oil Globules (min-max):
Oil Globule Diameter (min-max in mm):
Egg/Embryo Pigment:
Pigment Diagnostics:
Diagnostic Characters:


Hatch Size (min-max in mm SL):
Preanal Length (%SL): 80 - 97
Flexion Length (in mm SL):
Length at Transformation (in mm SL): Max leptocephali size 260
Fin Development Sequence: Dorsal and anal (late)
Larval Pigment Regions: In each developmental larval stage, pigment is present in the regions listed below
(click for pigment regions)
Postflexion: dorsal gut, ventral, mediolateral,
Pigment Diagnostics: Three prominent spots laterally below midline in small larvae, lower than on Avocettina infans; number (1 - 5, usually 4) and position of lateral pigment at later stages
Diagnostic Characters: Elongate with filiform tail, number of myomeres (>300), preanal myomeres increase in number with size (fewer than 100 in small leptocephali and 230-260 in leptocephali >100 mm), gut long and simple without swelling. Distinguished from Avocettina infans by: position of liver (myomere 40) and last vertical blood vessel (80-100th myomere)

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