Later Stages of
Development


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Developmental Biology Laboratory
Observations of the Zebrafish Embryo



Gastrula Period (5.3-10 h)

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50% epiboly
(5.3 h)
germ ring
(5.7 h)
shield
(6 h)
75% epiboly
(8 h)
90% epiboly
(9 h)
bud
(10 h)

Morphogenetic movements of involution, convergence, and extension form the epiblast, hypoblast, and embryonic axis through the end of epiboly.


Segmentation Period (10-24 h)

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3-somite
(11 h)
6-somite
(12 h)
10-somite
(14 h)
14-somite
(16 h)
18-somite
(18 h)
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21-somite
(19.5 h)
26-somite
(22 h)

Somites, pharyngeal arch primordia, and neuromeres develop; primary organogenesis; earliest movements; the tail appears

 

Pharyngula Period (24-48 h)

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Prim-6
(25 h)
Prim-16
(31 h)
Prim-22
(35 h)
High-pec
(42 h)

Phylotypic-stage embryo; body axis straightens from its early curvature about the yolk sac; circulation, pigmentation, and fins begin development.

 

Hatching Period (48-72 h)

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long-pec
(48 h)
pec-fin
(60 h)
protruding mouth
(72 h)

Completion of rapid morphogenesis of primary organ systems; cartilage development in head and pectoral fin; hatching occurs asynchronously. At 72 h, swim bladder inflates; food-seeking and active avoidance behaviors.


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