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 (vē′lə-jər, vĕl′ə-)
A larval mollusk that is free-swimming and has a velum.

[New Latin vēliger : Latin vēlum, velum; see velum + Latin gerere, to bear.]
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(Zoology) the free-swimming larva of many molluscs, having a rudimentary shell and a ciliated velum used for feeding and locomotion
[C19: from New Latin, from velum + -ger(ous)]
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(ˈvi lɪ dʒər)

a larval stage of certain mollusks, intermediate between the trochophore and the adult form.
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Red pigment found laterally, and ventral to the eyes on both sides of competent veligers and newly metamorphosed slugs, began to extend posteriorly in a line of red dots as the juvenile slug elongated (Fig.
For individuals from family P1, mean normoxic [??][O.sub.2] of fertilized eggs was 40% and 65% of [??][O.sub.2] of mid-veligers (56-74 hpf) and early benthic veligers (146 hpf), respectively.
sitkana deposited egg masses in the laboratory, and veligers of L, saxatilis were dissected from brooding females.
As with the findings of Koike (1978) in Haliotis tuberculata, cephalic tentacles, foot, and operculum appearance were noticed in posttorsional veligers in H.
This ventral lip tubule is very similar to what has been described as the rudiment of the accessory salivary gland in encapsulated veligers of Nucella lapillus and Conus anemone (Ball et al., 1997b; Ball, 2002).
Typically, approximately 60%-80% of the initial stocked larvae emerge as healthy veligers. Survival during this phase is dependent on a stocking density of approximately 2-3 individuals/ml.
For our study, we chose to examine the effects of temperature on hatching proportions, as temperature has well-known effects on development time and thus could likely also influence the quantity of hatched veligers versus juveniles in a poecilogonous species.
D larvae had an average length (L) of 71.9 [micro]m, remaining at this stage until the 5th day, when first umbo veligers appeared (L = 115.9 [micro]m).
cementarium, is consistent with some observations on mollusc veligers (Strathmann and Leise, 1979; Gallager, 1988), but captures within that zone may not represent the maximum capability of mollusc larvae or of larvae of S.
Most larval indicators were significantly influenced by sampling date (H = 32.1 for number of trochophores; F = 4.74 for diameter of trochophores; H = 29.3 for number of veligers; F = 35.1 for diameter of veligers), but not by depth of residence (H = 0.7 for number of trochophores; F = 1.24 for diameter of veligers).
Our hypothesis was that veligers can reduce captures per encounter between particle and cilium, thereby dissociating swimming and particle capture, even while both prototroch and metatroch beat.
After 72 [+ or -] 1.53 h, the encapsulated veligers were in the post-torsion stage with a thickened shell and a very thin and transparent operculum.