JOURNAL OF APPLIED ICHTHYOLOGY, cilt.25, ss.26-32, 2009
The present study was undertaken to establish the normal, healthy features of morphological structures at various developmental stages as achieved under well-defined environmental culture conditions (temperature between 16 and 21 degrees C, salinity 36 ppt, pH around 7.6, and oxygen saturation over 95%) common in aquaculture of the species. The pectoral fin supports began to develop at 2.90 mm total length (TL), followed by those of dorsal fins at 5.5 mm TL, caudal fins at 5.6 mm TL, pelvic fins at 5.9 mm TL and anal fins at 6.0 mm TL. The pelvic fins appeared fully at 7.4 mm TL. Development of dorsal lepidotrichia was first observed at 6.9 mm TL, attaining their final number at 7.6 mm TL. The dorsal spines first appeared at 6.5 mm TL and were complete at 7.4 mm TL. The anal lepidotrichia appeared during the development phase from 6.8 to 8.6 mm TL. At 5.6 mm TL, the upward flexion of the urostyle was initiated. The caudal lepidotrichia formed within the primordial fin at 5.6 mm TL and reached the final count at 7.4 mm TL. The caudal dermatotrichia first appeared at 7.3 mm TL and all forms were observed by 15.5 mm TL. The development pattern of fin supports found in Pagrus pagrus is quite similar to that described for other Sparid species.