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

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.
Contents of this volume Sci. Mar. 69(2) : 259-273 Back PDF
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