Morphological development of the swimming and feeding apparatus in larval rabbitfish, Siganus guttatus.
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The development of body parts for swimming and feeding in Siganus guttatus larvae was studied in samples reared in the laboratory at temperatures of 27.3-30 degree C. From the observations, the larval stage of S. guttatus may be divided into three phases: (1) inactive swimming and feeding by swallowing (to about 4-5 mm TL); (2) the transitional phase (to about 7-8 mm TL); and active swimming and feeding (8 mm TL and beyond). A change in feeding habits may be expected in S. guttatus larvae at sizes 7-8 mm TL as shown by this study.
ALSO IN: Compilation of JICA Expert Activities at SEAFDEC, Aquaculture Department (1986-1990) and additional (since 1974) by S. Fukumoto, vol.2, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) 1990, pp44-50.
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