One specimen of leptocephalus larva, measuring 16.0 mm in total length, was collected from the northern part of Suruga Bay (34°56′N, 138°39′E) by the T/V Bosei Maru II of Tokai University on November 7, 1982. This larva is identified as Conger myriaster because of having melanophores under the eye, simple gut with melanophores, 142 total number of myomeres and the position of the last vertical blood vessel at the 52nd myomere. Judging from the body length, appearances of teeth and fins, and disposition of the anus, the present larva belongs to the preleptocephalus stage. The presence of this early larva in this area suggests that one of the spawning grounds of C. myriaster exists in or near Suruga Bay in autumn.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics