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Sex-specific somatic–otolith growth relationship in two Gadidae

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Otolith and somatic mass of two Gadidae (Merlangius merlangus and Trisopterus minutus) were compared in order to analyse the sex-specific relationship between otolith and somatic growth at age. In the present study, otolith mass appeared a reliable indicator of age in both species. Otolith growth reflected somatic growth, but the relationship between these characters varied and differed between species and sexes.

Keywords: otolith growth; sex-specific growth; somatic growth

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1095-8649.2007.01708.x

Affiliations: Department of Evolutionary Experimental Biology, University of Bologna, via Selmi, 3-40126 Bologna, Italy

Publication date: February 1, 2008

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