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Early Stages of Atlantic Fishes

An Identification Guide

Early Stages of Atlantic Fishes
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The Family Serranidae comprises some of the most valuable commercial and recreational marine fishes in the world. The most notable as food fishes are the groupers and black sea basses. Most serranid species are tropical, but several occur in temperate waters, and a few enter freshwater. The family is very large, with about 62 genera and 449 species worldwide (Nelson 1994). We follow Johnson (1983) in dividing the Serranidae into three subfamilies: Serraninae, Epinephelinae, and Anthiinae. The Epinephelinae are divided into tribes following Baldwin & Johnson (1993). These are convenient because the larvae are distinct for each subfamily. In the following pages each subfamily is introduced, and separate accounts are given for each species for which larvae are known. Illustrations are provided if available. Tables of meristic and other counts are also provided because counts are very useful in identifying larval and juvenile serranids. Eggs are poorly known but resemble the general percoid egg of tropical waters in being about 1mm in diameter with a clear shell and very narrow periviteline space. Development is presumed to be very rapid, thus making eggs especially difficult to identify
CRC Press; February 2005
ISBN 9781135495121
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