Ontogenetic vertebral growth patterns in the basking shark Cetorhinus maximus

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Natanson, L. J., Wintner, S. P., Johansson, F., Piercy, A., Campbell, P., De Maddalena, A., … Wedderburn-Maxwell, A. (2008). Ontogenetic vertebral growth patterns in the basking shark Cetorhinus maximus. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 361, 267-278. doi:10.3354/meps07399
TitleOntogenetic vertebral growth patterns in the basking shark Cetorhinus maximus
AuthorsJ. Natanson, P. Wintner, F. Johansson, A. Piercy, P. Campbell, A. De Maddalena, B. Gulak, B. Human, C. Fulgosi, A. Ebert, F. Hemida, H. Mollen, S. Vanni, H. Burgess, V. Compagno, A. Wedderburn-Maxwell
AbstractAge and growth of the basking shark Cetorhinus maximus (Gunnerus) was examined using vertebral samples from 13 females (261 to 856 cm total length [TL]), 16 males (311 to 840 cm TL) and 11 specimens of unknown sex (376 to 853 cm TL). Vertebral samples were obtained worldwide from museums and institutional and private collections. Examination of multiple vertebrae from along the vertebral column of 10 specimens indicated that vertebral morphology and band pair (alter-nating opaque and translucent bands) counts changed dramatically along an individual column. Smaller sharks had similar band pair counts along the length of the vertebral column while large sharks had a difference of up to 24 band pairs between the highest and lowest count along the column. Our evidence indicates that band pair deposition may be related to growth and not time in this species and thus the basking shark cannot be directly aged using vertebral band pair counts. © Inter-Research 2008.
JournalMarine Ecology Progress Series
Start page267
End page278
Subjectsage determination, growth response, morphology, morphometry, ontogeny, shark, Cetorhininae, Cetorhinus maximus, Chondrichthyes
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