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Otolith Atlas of Southern African Marine Fishes

Price : R60 + p&p
Code : JOTO

Otoliths from 972 fish species representing 181 families are described and illustrated to aid identification of otoliths from predator stomach contents, archaeological deposits or palaeontological studies.

Keys are provided for most families to assist in the identification of species. Regressions relating otolith diameter to body length and mass are provided where adequate material is available. Otoliths used are listed and where appropriate, the institution which holds fish voucher specimens and their accession numbers are provided.

Most of the material collected was from the western Indian Ocean and the south-eastern Atlantic, except for a few widely distributed species which were collected from the northern hemisphere or elsewhere. Significant disparities in otolith form within certain families are noted and may indicate taxonomic anomalies.

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