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Reproductive biology and developmental osteology of the Florida Blenny Chasmodes saburrae (Perciformes: Blenniidae)
Peters, K.M. (1981). Reproductive biology and developmental osteology of the Florida Blenny Chasmodes saburrae (Perciformes: Blenniidae). N.E. Gulf Sci. 4(2): 79-98
In: Northeast Gulf Science. Marine Environmental Science Consortium of Alabama: Dauphin Island. ISSN 0148-9836, more

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Keywords
    Larval development; Osteology; Sexual reproduction; Chasmodes saburrae Jordan & Gilbert, 1882 [WoRMS]; Marine

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  • Peters, K.M.

Abstract
    Reproductive biology and larval development of the Florida blenny, C. saburrae , are described and figured; notes on life history are given. Adults spawn in the field from early March until early November with peak spawning in April/May and September. Nests, most often found in oyster shells, contain about 120 eggs/cm 2. Eggs average 0.82 mm diameter and hatch in six days at 27 °C. Larvae are planktonic and 3.2-3.7 mm SL at hatching. Laboratory-reared larvae settle to the bottom in 21 days. The skeleton develops throughout larval and early juvenile stages. Adult lateral ethmoids are probably the results of fusion between two ossifications. The maxillae and premaxillae are partially resorbed during development. Some larval teeth are resorbed, while others transform into adult-type teeth.

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