Data from: Quantifying physiological influences on otolith microchemistry

Anna M. Sturrock, Ewan Hunter, J. Andrew Milton, Edinburgh Ion Microprobe Facility, Rachel C. Johnson, Colin P. Waring & Clive N. Trueman
1. Trace element concentrations in fish earstones (“otoliths”) are widely used to discriminate spatially discrete populations or individuals of marine fish, based on a commonly held assumption that physiological influences on otolith composition are minor, and thus variations in otolith elemental chemistry primarily reflect changes in ambient water chemistry. 2. We carried out a long-term (1-yr) experiment, serially sampling seawater, blood plasma and otoliths of mature and immature European plaice (Pleuronectes platessa L.) to test...
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