Thursday, May 20, 2010

Wandering youth (moray eel youth)

On a non-shark tack, check out Brian Bowan's lab work on moray eels. Morays have a very large and unusual planktonic stage, the leptocephalus larvae. Think 3" long totally transparent drifting eel stage.

As a result of this, although the adults may only move short distances on the reef for their entire life, the morays from Hawaii to Australia are still linked.

Check out this article on the Animal Planet Blog:



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