What can goby otolith morphology tell us?

Christoph Gierl, Dorothea Liebl, Radek Šanda, Jasna Vukić, Hamid Reza Esmaeili & Bettina Reichenbacher
The taxonomic information inscribed in otoliths has been widely ignored in ichthyological research, especially in descriptions of new fish species. One reason for this is that otolith descriptions are per se qualitative, and only a few studies have presented quantitative data that can support assignments of otoliths to individual species or permit differentiation between higher taxonomic levels. On the other hand, in palaeontology, otoliths have been employed for the identification and taxonomic placement of fossil...
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