Characterizing natural intervals of development in the early life of fishes : an example using blennies ( Teleostei : Blenniidae )

@inproceedings{Ditty2003CharacterizingNI,
  title={Characterizing natural intervals of development in the early life of fishes : an example using blennies ( Teleostei : Blenniidae )},
  author={James G. Ditty and Lee A. Fuiman and Richard F. Shaw},
  year={2003}
}
We examined patterns and timing of ontogeny in five species of blenny (Teleostei: Blenniidae) from the northern Gulf of Mexico by assigning a suite of discrete character scores to individual ontogenetic events (10 external characters; 218 specimens). Our approach applies scaling techniques and statistical methods to quantify, differentiate, and select criteria to delimit intervals of development across taxa. We consistently identified three natural intervals of development (labeled ‘Larvae… CONTINUE READING

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