from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One of the small, flat, transparent larvae of eels and certain other fishes, characterized by a long, narrow head.
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- n. the larva of an eel, flat in shape and transparent
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A spurious genus of eel-like fishes, having a very thin diaphanous body, formerly regarded as a valid generic type and hence giving name to the Leptocephalidæ, but now generally considered to be the larval form of a conger.
- n. The larval or aborted stage of the conger and allied fishes, when the body is much compressed and hyaline and no generative organs are developed.
- n. The genus otherwise called Conger.
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- n. slender transparent larva of eels and certain fishes
New Latin : lepto- + cephalus, head (from Greek -kephalos, -headed); see -cephalous.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
An immature moray eel is called a leptocephalus, Latin for "small head."
The larva of moray eels, called leptocephalus, get distributed throughout the oceans.
The hatched leptocephalus drift with the North Equatorial Current toward Philippine.