Leptocephalus, The Transparent Eel Larva

Credit: Mie Prefecture Fisheries Research Institute

The marine eels and other members of the Superorder Elopomorpha have a leptocephalus larval stage, which are flat and transparent. This group is quite diverse, containing 801 species in 24 orders, 24 families and 156 genera. They arose in the Cretaceous period 140 million years ago.

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