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Subject: New Article in Journal of Fish Biology
From: Sonja Amoser <>
Date: Wed, 22 Dec 2004 08:25:42 -0800
A. Cruz, A. Lombarte (2004): Otolith size and its relationship with colour
 patterns and sound production. Journal of Fish Biology; Volume 65, Issue 6,
 Page 1512-1525
 Abstract: A comparative, morphometric study was made of the 185 sagitta
 otoliths from 18 species belonging to four coastal perciform families of the
 northwest Mediterranean: the Labridae, Sparidae, Haemulidae and Sciaenidae.
 Species with relatively large otoliths belonged to groups considered
 specialists in sound production (sciaenids and haemulids), while those with
 small otoliths belonged to groups that rely on bright or contrasted colour
 patterns for visual communication (labrids). In sparids, species with clear
 body marks had smaller otoliths than species without dark stripes or dots.
 These findings support the hypothesis that otolith size is related to
 hearing ability in the inner ear.
 Sonja Amoser, PhD Student
 University of Vienna, Institute of Zoology
 Althanstrasse 14, 1090 Vienna, Austria
 Phone: +43-1-4277-54467 oder +43-664-5006106 (private)
 Fax: +43-1-4277-54506

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