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