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Cutaneous taste buds in gadoid fishes

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Cutaneous taste buds occurred on the head and fins in five species of juvenile gadoid fishes from the west of Scotland, but there were significant differences in their density between regions on the fish and between species for individual regions. The highest taste bud densities were recorded on the edge of the anterior naris flap, the barbel, pelvic fin rays, snout tip and upper lip. Cod Gadus morhua and poor cod Trisopterus minutus had significantly higher taste bud densities on the first two pelvic fin rays than the other species. This appears to correspond with their more benthic lifestyle, in which the pelvic fins are frequently trailed over the sea bed when searching for prey.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Scottish Association for Marine Science, Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory, Oban, Argyll, PA37 1QA, Scotland

Publication date: 2002-03-01

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