Scientia Marina, Vol 69, No 2 (2005)

The utricular otoliths, lapilli, of teleosts: their morphology and relevance for species identification and systematics studies


https://doi.org/10.3989/scimar.2005.69n2259

Carlos A. Assis
Instituto de Oceanografia and Departamento de Biologia Animal, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

Abstract


The present study describes the general morphology of the utricular otoliths, lapilli, of teleost fishes, proposes a terminology for their parts, identifies their two major morphological types, provides some examples of their use in species identification, and discusses their usefulness in studies of fish phylogeny and systematics.

Keywords


utricular otoliths; lapillus; morphology; identification; phylogeny; systematics

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