noun (plural leptocephali) Etymology: New Latin, from Greek leptos + kephalē head — more at cephalic Date: 1769 a long thin small-headed transparent pelagic first larva of various eels

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  • Leptocephalus — Larve Weidenblattlarve oder Leptocephalus wird die flache und durchsichtige Larve der Aalartigen Fische sowie aller anderen Elopomorpha, genannt. Aus ihr entwickelt sich nach der Larvenzeit im Lauf der Wanderung der so genannte Glasaal. Der… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • leptocephalus — [lep΄tō sef′ə ləs] n. pl. leptocephali [lep΄tō sef′əlī΄] [ModL: see LEPTO & CEPHALOUS] the marine, ribbonlike larva of tarpons, bonefishes, and eels …   English World dictionary

  • Leptocephalus — A leptocephalus (meaning small head ) is the flat and transparent larva of the eel and other members of the Superorder Elopomorpha, including the conger, tarpon, bonefish,and pelican eel.This transparency is due in part to its surprising lack of… …   Wikipedia

  • leptocephalus — the transparent ribbon or leaf like larvae with large teeth and a far back anus in certain primitive Teleostomi, e.g. Congridae, Anguillidae, Albulidae, Elopidae and Notacanthidae. The larvae first grow, then shrink prior to metamorphosis …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • leptocephalus — /lep teuh sef euh leuhs/, n., pl. leptocephali / luy /. a colorless, transparent, flattened larva, esp. of certain eels and ocean fishes. [1760 70; < NL; see LEPTO , CEPHALOUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • leptocephalus — noun the larva of an eel, flat in shape and transparent …   Wiktionary

  • leptocephalus — lep·to·ceph·a·lus …   English syllables

  • leptocephalus — lep•to•ceph•a•lus [[t]ˌlɛp təˈsɛf ə ləs[/t]] n. pl. li [[t] ˌlaɪ[/t]] a ribbony, transparent fish larva of warm seas, esp. that of eels • Etymology: 1760–70; < NL; see lepto , cephalous …   From formal English to slang

  • leptocephalus — noun slender transparent larva of eels and certain fishes • Hypernyms: ↑larva • Member Holonyms: ↑Teleostei, ↑subclass Teleostei …   Useful english dictionary

  • Leptocephalus giganteus — Leptocephalus giganteus …   Wikipédia en Français

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