Sex-specific somatic–otolith growth relationship in two Gadidae
Abstract: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.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of Evolutionary Experimental Biology, University of Bologna, via Selmi, 3-40126 Bologna, Italy
Publication date: February 1, 2008