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temporary specializations for pelagic life
(English) Morphological (not pigment) characters such as trailing guts, preopercular spines, elongate fin spines, or gas bladders which are not retained in adults but are present during the pelagic phase. Often these are lost after settlement, but if present in settled larvae, they are clearly reduced and are disappearing.

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