DEFINITIONS OF ANATOMICAL TERMS RELATING TO BABY FISH

The illustrations of baby fish shown in the "Illustration Gallery" do not possess labels of the numerous anatomical structures, so to help viewers recognize some of these features this section has been added. The definitions, below, regarding their anatomy (ILLUSTRATIONS OF BABY FISH) will help readers recognize their anatomical features. In addition, one can learn more about the internal and external anatomy of baby fish here:
ANATOMY OF BABY FISH

In addition, the images of baby fish show melanophores in great detail. The section "MELANOPHORES ON BABY FISH" explains what melanophores are and how they are arranged on the bodies of baby fish. And finally a GLOSSARY OF BABY FISH is available for unanswered questions.

ILLUSTRATIONS OF BABY FISH

In order to fully understand the illustrations in the "Illustration Gallery" (Figure 1, on right), one needs to recognize certain anatomical structures of baby fish on these images. Since each species is unique, some fins are almost unrecognisable. Also, the arrangement of melanophores in groups and/or patterns on the bodies of baby fish is quite species- unique. Most illustrations in the "Illustration Gallery" are presented in 3 views, dorsal, lateral and ventral views (see example on right) in order to obtain a 3-dimensional perspective. Baby fish are rarely seen or observed alive because of their small size and transparency, so it is necessary to fully illustrate some of their anatomical structures. In order to learn more about baby fish anatomy–

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MELANOPHORES ON BABY FISH

Baby fish are mainly transparent but most possess some black or brownish chromatophores, i.e., melanophores. These melanophores occur on the surface of their bodies and on internal organs. The images on the right, Figure 2, show examples of melanophores and melanophore maculae. Genetic material have produced these melanophores which vary from species to species. They can be classed as "species– specific melanophores", or "species– specific groups of melanophores", or "melanophore maculae". The numerous baby fish displayed in the "Illustration Gallery" show individual melanophores and/or melanophore maculae as they were drawn from the preserved specimens. To learn more about melanophores and melanophore maculae–

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A GLOSSARY OF BABY FISH

This glossary is a list of basic technical terms relating to the early life of fish. It is a combination of many terms and definitions from several authors. Many terms included in this glossary are not used in this Web site, but are provided here only for general reference. Technical terms in this glossary of baby fish are taken from ichthyology, zoology, ecology and early life history studies of fish. To view this "Glossary of Baby Fish"–

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