Embryonic development of clownfish captured in video!

In the Taiwanese site of our unit at the Yilan marine station (ICOB, Academia Sinica) Fiona Lee have followed the embryonic development of our main model species the clownfish Amphiprion ocellaris. You could see 4 steps: (i) the gastrulation that corresponds to the formation of the embryonic layers and the main embryonic axis; (ii) the segmentation with the development of main body section and the elongation of the antero-posterior axis during which the somites, future vertebrae, are formed, (iii) the late stages with the formation of the organs and finally (iv) the hatching. Our aim is to make a unique movie following the development of an embryo from fertilization to hatching: 7 days under the microscope….