leptocephalus


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lep·to·ceph·a·lus

 (lĕp′tə-sĕf′ə-ləs)
n. pl. lep·to·ceph·a·li (-lī′)
The small, laterally compressed, transparent larva of an eel or of any of certain related fishes, such as a tarpon.

[New Latin : lepto- + cephalus, head (from Greek -kephalos, -headed); see -cephalous.]

leptocephalus

(ˌlɛptəʊˈsɛfələs)
n, pl -li (-ˌlaɪ)
(Animals) the slender transparent oceanic larva of eels of the genus Anguilla that migrates from its hatching ground in the Caribbean to European freshwater habitats

lep•to•ceph•a•lus

(ˌlɛp təˈsɛf ə ləs)

n., pl. -li (-ˌlaɪ)
a ribbony, transparent fish larva of warm seas, esp. that of eels.
[1760–70; < New Latin; see lepto-, -cephalous]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.leptocephalus - slender transparent larva of eels and certain fishesleptocephalus - slender transparent larva of eels and certain fishes
larva - the immature free-living form of most invertebrates and amphibians and fish which at hatching from the egg is fundamentally unlike its parent and must metamorphose
subclass Teleostei, Teleostei - large diverse group of bony fishes; includes most living species
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In the southeastern United States, based on leptocephalus collections, ladyfish probably spawn in late summer or early fall.
Based on examination of a large number of leptocephalus larvae, Smith (1989) pointed out that there were two forms, probably different species, of Elops in the western Atlantic.
IDENTIFICATION OF NOCOMIS LEPTOCEPHALUS INTEROCULARIS (CYPRINI-DAE) FROM LUMPKIN COUNTY.
Three species (Cyprinella vesnusta eurystoma, Nocomis leptocephalus, and Ictalurus punctatus) were said to be abundant, suggesting that numerous specimens were originally obtained.
Bonefish leptocephalus larvae were captured in the intertidal zones in January and April 1998.
leptocephalus (bluehead chub) and on one occasion over pits being dug by central stonerollers (Campostoma anomalum) and striped shiners ( Luxilus chrysocephalus).
tarpon, and bonefishes), that share a unique leptocephalus larval stage.
Northward transport and dispersal of eggs and leptocephalus larvae is suspected by these substantially smaller specimens captured from the Palm Beaches and upward latitudes.
IDENTIFICATION OF NOCOMIS LEPTOCEPHALUS INTEROCULARIS (CYPRINIDAE) FROM LUMPKIN COUNTY, GEORGIA, USING MITOCHONDRIAL CYTB AND NUCLEAR IRBP2 DNA SEQUENCES.