The Leptocephalus (which means slim head) is actually a the flat and transparent larva of the eel, marine eels, and other members of the Superorder Elopomorpha.

The group evolved in the Cretaceous, 140 million years ago, and they all have laterally compressed bodies that contain transparent jelly-like substances on the inside of the body and a thin layer of muscle with visible myomeres on the outside.

Advertisement
Like us on Facebook
Independent science reporting, always spot on. Join ZME Science's daily newsletter
Advertisement

You Might Also Like

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>