leptocephalus definition

  • noun:
    • one of many small, flat, clear larvae of eels and specific various other fishes, characterized by a lengthy, narrow mind.
    • the larva of an eel, level in form and transparent
    • A spurious genus of eel-like fishes, having a tremendously slim diaphanous human body, formerly regarded as a valid general type thus providing title towards Leptocephalidæ, but now typically regarded as the larval kind of a conger.
    • The larval or aborted phase of conger and allied fishes, once the body is much compressed and hyaline with no generative body organs are developed.
    • The genus usually called Conger.
    • slender transparent larva of eels and certain fishes

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