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(english) Developmental stage immediately following acquisition of minimum fin ray complement of adult and before assumption of adult-like body form ; used only where strikingly different from juvenile (e.g. early juvenile stage of butterflyfishes, querimana stage of mullets, etc.). (See also: juvenile, larva, LarvalBase)
(french) Stade de développement immédiatement suivante à l'acquisition de complément minimum du rayon de la nageoire d'adulte et avant la prise de la forme adulte ; utilisé seulement où la forme adulte est remarquablement différente de celle de juvénile (par exemple, stade juvénile précoce chez des poissons-papillons, stade 'querimana' chez des mulets, etc.). (See also: juvenile, larva, LarvalBase)

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