Liopropoma Update

By Todd Gardner 10 years ago5 Comments

A 69-day-old larva

It’s been more than two weeks since I posted news of the first settlement of a Liopropoma bass at the Long Island Aquarium.  I know at least a few of you are eager for an update, but there really hasn’t been anything new to report…until now.

Post-larval bass with a hint of color

At day 69, post-hatch, the first of the remaining larvae from a couple of spawns in late August, settled down to take on its benthic, reef-dwelling life.  Often in marine fishes, settlement is part of a rapid metamorphosis whereby a larva takes on the coloration, shape, and behavior of the adult (or at least the juvenile) almost overnight. If you’ll recall however, the day-69 juvenile from my last post, although taking shelter in a PVC fitting, still retained many larval characteristics, including its filaments, several of the bulbs on its first dorsal filament, and a translucent body with almost no coloration. Aside from several more larvae settling out, little has changed over the past two weeks – until yesterday, that is.  Yesterday morning (day 85), I shined a small LED flashlight into one of the PVC shelters and was rewarded with the most thrilling sight since settlement:  bold horizontal stripes on one of the juveniles.

85-day-old Liopropoma bass showing first signs of striping.

Obviously, it is still not fully colored, but it’s another exciting development and I thought it was worthy of an update. Don’t forget to read the winter issue of Reefs Magazine for all the details of the rearing protocol and a lot more photos and videos.

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 Todd Gardner

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Todd Gardner is a professor of marine biology at Suffolk County Community College in Riverhead, NY. His life and his career have both been shaped by his passion for marine life and he has written numerous scientific and popular articles about his research and experiences collecting, keeping, and culturing marine organisms. Todd’s professional background includes work on a National Geographic documentary, commercial aquaculture at C-quest Hatchery in Puerto Rico, and an 11-year term at the Long Island Aquarium where he spent much of his time developing techniques for rearing marine fish larvae. To date he has raised more than 50 species. In 2013 Todd received the prestigious Aquarist of the Year Award from the Marine Aquarium Society of North America (MASNA). In his spare time, Todd dives, photographs marine life, runs marathons, and plays in a blues band.


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