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Fig. 8. The hatching dates estimated from the number of otolith increments in Japanese eel leptocephali collected in the North Equatorial Current region in 1991 (top panel) and in 1998 (bottom). Top, reprinted partially from Environ. Biol. Fish., 66, 2003, 221­229, Seamounts, new moon and eel spawning: the search for the spawning site of the Japanese eel, Tsukamoto et al., Figure 2, © 2003, Springer-Verlag, with kind permission of Springer Science +Business Media; bottom, reprinted with permission from Fish. Sci., 67, Ishikawa et al., Spawning time and place of the Japanese eel, Anguilla japonica, in the North Equatorial Current of the western North Pacific Ocean, 1097­1103, © 2001, the Japanese Society of Fisheries Science.

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