Larvae of Some Flat Fishes from a Tropical Estuary

  • K. P. Balakrishnan
  • C. B. L. Devi
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Many species of fishes occur in Cochin Backwater (a tropical estuary); among flat fishes (Heterosomata) only the genus Solea Quensel 1806 and the genus Cynoglossus Hamilton-Buchanan 1822 are represented. Even though adults of these species do not contribute to a major commercial estuarine fishery, the presence of their eggs and larvae in the plankton cannot be overlooked.


Standard Length Neural Spine Tropical Estuary Circular Coil Haemal Spine 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. P. Balakrishnan
    • 1
  • C. B. L. Devi
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Marine SciencesUniversity of CochinCochinIndia
  2. 2.National Institute of OceanographyIndian Ocean Biological CentreCochinIndia

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