Veliger larvae life history

July 19, 2006
From: Leonardo Sigales

I'm and undergraduate student in Biology. At this time I'm finishing my Thesis on C. eburneum morphometrics in the Caribbean. I'm looking for articles about dispersion times and distances traveled by veliger larvae. This is really important to sustain the assumptions that I'm working with about a meta-population. So far I haven't find anything about veliger swimming times or dispersion in gastropods. Can anyone recommend me some articles about it?

Thanks a lot
Leonardo Sigales

Sigales, L.A., 2006 (Jul 19) Veliger larvae life history. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Leonardo,
I can only guess you mean Cerithium eburneum.I am afraid that as much as I would like to help I have too many queries on opisthobranchs, so there is no way I can take on other gastropods as well. Hopefully someone can give you some guidance. There is a large literature on gastropod and bivalve larvae.

If anyone has a summary that I could add to the Forum, or a reading list, I would be very grateful.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2006 (Jul 19). Comment on Veliger larvae life history by Leonardo Sigales. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from


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