Larvae and juveniles of pempheridid fishes, Pempheris xanthoptera and P. japonica
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Larval developments of Pempheris xanthoptera and P. japonica were described on 31 (6.45–22.40 mm SL) and 5 (10.35–35.70 mm SL) specimens, respectively, with particular attention to cartilaginous development. Comparison between the two species indicated that P. xanthoptera was discriminated from P. japonica by the following key characters: two supracleithral spines (one in P. japonica); longer pectoral fin; shorter ventral fin; and absence of melanophore on mid-ventral part of lower jaw and anterolateral region of trunk, and web of ventral fin.
CitationKohno, H. (1986). Larvae and juveniles of pempheridid fishes, Pempheris xanthoptera and P. japonica.
PublisherThe Ichthyological Society of Japan
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