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Larval Cave Bass

 

 

 

A larval cave bass (Liopropoma sp.)
(Photograph by Richard Harbison)

The big balloon-like structures are modifications of two rays of the dorsal fin.

We don’t know the precise function of these structures, but they look very much like a type of colonial jellyfish known as a siphonophore. Perhaps they look enough like them to deter certain potential predators.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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