Eggs and early larvae of the grey mullet Valamugil seheli (Forsskal)

Bensam, P (1987) Eggs and early larvae of the grey mullet Valamugil seheli (Forsskal). Indian Journal of Fisheries, 34 (2). pp. 171-177.


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Planktonic eggs coUoplcd from P^k.Bsy ,ancl Gulf of Mannar and identified circiunstantially as of Valamugil seheli (Forsskal) were reared in the laboratory up to the 72-h postlarvae. The eggs ranged in diameter from 0.621 mm to 1.09 mm and were with single, pigmented oilglobules ranging in diameter from 0.212 mm to 0.273 mm. The periviteUine space was narrow. The yolk, being neither sagmented nor vacuolated, was clear. Newly hatched larvae measured 2.179mm. They had black pigment spots on the dorsal side of the body, with a few localised, yellowish networks of xanthophores. In the 24-h larva, most of the black pigment spots had migrated to the ventral side of the body. The 48-h-old larva had its mouth formed, eyes pigmented, yolk utilized and pectoral fins developed, and so was in the early postlarval stage. In the 72-h larva there was iiicrease in pigmentation along both dorsal and ventral aspects of body. In this postlarval phase the number of myomeres had stabilized at 25, corresponding to the adult-vertebral number. The eggs could be distinguished from those of the allied species by their size andjor the size of oilglobules. By the location of the oilglobule as well as by the nature of pigmentation the early larvae could be distinguished from those of M. cephalus.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Eggs and early larvae; grey mullet; Valamugil seheli
Subjects: Eggs and Larvae
Divisions: CMFRI-Cochin > Marine Capture > Demersal Fisheries
Depositing User: Dr. V Mohan
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2010 05:37
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 15:06

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