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Last updated on Mar 4, 2019

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Marine Invertebrate Larvae in Hong Kong Waters

Fish Larvae and Eggs

Many fish species release their eggs into the water column and these then hatch into larvae. Such pelagic fish eggs and larvae are collectively known as ichthyoplankton.

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Fish larvae undergo gradual changes with growth until they develop their full fin complement, by which stage they have better swimming ability and leave the plankton community to become nekton instead.

Ambassidae (Family)
Classification:
Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) >
Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Percoidei (Suborder) >
Ambassidae (Family) > Ambassis (Genus)

Common name: Bald glassy
Clupeidae (Family)
Classification:
Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) >
Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Clupeiformes (Order) >
Clupeidae (Family)

Common name: Ray-finned fish
Clupeidae (Family)
Classification:
Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) >
Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Clupeiformes (Order) >
Clupeidae (Family)

Eggs
Common name: Ray-finned fish
Callionymidae (Family)
Classification:
Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) >
Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Perciformes (Order) >
Callionymoidei (Suborder) > Callionymidae (Family)

Common name: Dragonet
Epinephelinae (Subfamily)
Classification:
Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) >
Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Percoidei (Suborder) >
Serranidae (Family) > Epinephelinae (Subfamily)

Common name: Grouper
Epinephelinae (Subfamily)
Classification:
Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) >
Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Percoidei (Suborder) >
Serranidae (Family) > Epinephelinae (Subfamily)

Common name: Grouper
Sebastidae (Family)
Classification:
Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) >
Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Scorpaeniformes (Order) > Scorpaenoidei (Suborder) >
Sebastidae (Family)


Common name: Rockfish or false kelpfish
Synanceiidae (Family)
Classification:
Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) >
Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Scorpaeniformes (Order) > Scorpaenoidei (Suborder) >
Synanceiidae (Family)


Common name: Waspfish or stingfish
Engraulidae (Family)
Classification:
Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) >
Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Clupeiformes (Order) >
Engraulidae (Family)

Eggs
Common name: Anchovy
Engraulidae (Family)
Classification:
Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) >
Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Clupeiformes (Order) >
Engraulidae (Family)

Egg
Common name: Anchovy
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