- a colorless, transparent, flattened larva, especially of certain eels and ocean fishes.
Origin of leptocephalus
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Teleostean fishes are generally bony, but the bones are represented by cartilages in Leptocephalus.
- the slender transparent oceanic larva of eels of the genus Anguilla that migrates from its hatching ground in the Caribbean to European freshwater habitats
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