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Leptocephali (more than one leptocephalus) all have laterally compressed bodies that contain transparent jelly-like substances on the inside of the body and a thin layer of muscle on the outside. Their body organs are small, and this combination of features results in them being very transparent when they are alive. They also lack red blood cells until they begin to metamorphose into the juvenile glass eel stage when they start to look like eels.
Originally posted by DarkSarcasm
reply to post by MIDNIGHTSUN
My fiance and I used to have some fish that were transparent, mostly. She's sleeping so ill ask her what they were called later, I'm sure you could see them at your local variety pet supply store. Very neat, I'm just glad we don't have fish anymore, what a terrible pet. Too much to take care of (pH, sanity, cleanliness, etc) for little to no real reward. I like ferrets, my dog, my cat and my plants much better.
Very interesting find nonetheless.edit on 28-6-2011 by DarkSarcasm because: (no reason given)