External Morphology of the Chorion of the Annual Fishes Cynolebias (Cyprinodontiformes: Rivulidae)
Members of the family Rivulidae (killifishes) inhabit temporary bodies of freshwater in South and Central America (one species is also found in North America). The most remarkable characteristic of the family Rivulidae is that species have an annual life cycle with a drought-resistant egg during the dry season. Parenti's (1981) analysis of the order Cyprinodontiformes considered a single genus, Cynolebias, whereas Cos- ta's (1990) phylogenetic analysis of the family Rivulidae separates Cynolebias from Cynopoecilus. One of Costa's synapomorphies to separate Cynopoecilus is the unique structure of their egg's chorion, which is shared with Leptolebias and Campellolebias.
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Loureiro, M. and R. O. de Sá. 1996. The external morphology of the chorion of the annual fishes Cynolebias (Cyprinodontiformes: Rivulidae). Copeia 4:1016-1022.
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