Unknown: K III B6



Egg diameter in µm

Number of oil globules

Diameter of oil globule in µm

Yolk texture

Perivitelline space

Position of oil globule at hatch

Gut length   at eye- pigment stage








46% of NL



Egg: This egg has only been recognised twice, and no photograph of the egg is currently available. In laboratory notes, the embryo is described as having two rows of fine black pigment down the body.

Larva: The early larva has three patches of yellow pigment midtail, along with black blotches within the finfolds, better seen in Plate B than in B1.  At 4 days, the larva has formed enlarged pectorals, which are darker in vertical view (C1). B: 1 day, C: 4 days (25°C).

The early developing pigmented pectoral fins suggest a scorpaenid, but I know of no scorpaenid with the oil globule in the bow. Some anthiine serranids have large pectorals (Leis & Rennis, 1983), and the oil globule in the bow (this study), but those known from this study, do not form pectorals as early as 4 days (KIIIC1 & KIIIC1A).

This egg has only been seen twice, both in the month of January. In a linked set of samples collected 1 January 2004, there were 14 of these eggs in the offshore sample and 2 in the inshore sample, suggesting it may be an offshore species. See Section 7.3 and Table 1 of the Introductory Notes, for more information on the linked samples.