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Scaling of rectal gland mass in the European lesser-spotted dogfish

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In the European lesser-spotted dogfish Scyliorhinus canicula, rectal gland mass in mg (MRg) followed the allometric relationship: MRg = 1·15M0·68, where M is body mass (g). The concept of allometric scaling is an important consideration in studies investigating the function of osmoregulatory organs.
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Keywords: allometry; elasmobranchs; rectal gland; scaling

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: School of Biology, Division of Environmental and Evolutionary Biology, Gatty Marine Laboratory, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland KY16 8LB and 2: School of Life Sciences, Department of Zoology and Entomology, University of Queensland, Brisbane Qld 4072, Australia

Publication date: 01 March 2003

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