Environmental Biology of Fishes

, Volume 37, Issue 3, pp 297–306

Otolith size changes related with body growth, habitat depth and temperature

  • Antoni Lombarte
  • Jordi Lleonart

DOI: 10.1007/BF00004637

Cite this article as:
Lombarte, A. & Lleonart, J. Environ Biol Fish (1993) 37: 297. doi:10.1007/BF00004637


Size variation in the sagittal otoliths of six species of the genus Merluccius, and five species of the genus Coelorhynchus was compared, using a digital image processing system and multivariate analysis. It is proposed that otolith growth occurs under dual regulation, overall shape is regulated genetically, and otolith size is influenced by environmental conditions. The decline of temperature with increasing habitat depth seems to be an important factor regulating the growth of otoliths in carbonate-saturated levels. The relative growth of the otoliths is usually negatively allometric.


Coelorhynchus Merluccius Morphometry Fishes Gadiformes Allometry 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Antoni Lombarte
    • 1
  • Jordi Lleonart
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut de Ciències del Mar (CSIC), Passeig Nacional s/nBarcelona, CataloniaSpain

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