Sagitta otolith of three demersal species in a tropical environment


  • Crismen Santana de Oliveira Universidade Federal de Sergipe (UFS), Centro de Ciências Agrárias Aplicadas (CCAA), Departamento de Engenharia de Pesca e Aquicultura (DEPAQ), Laboratório de Ecologia Pesqueira. São Cristóvão, SE, Brasil.
  • Kátia de Meirelles Felizola Freire Universidade Federal de Sergipe (UFS), Centro de Ciências Agrárias Aplicadas (CCAA), Departamento de Engenharia de Pesca e Aquicultura (DEPAQ), Laboratório de Ecologia Pesqueira. São Cristóvão, SE, Brasil.
  • Leonardo Cruz da Rosa Universidade Federal de Sergipe (UFS), Centro de Ciências Agrárias Aplicadas (CCAA), Departamento de Engenharia de Pesca e Aquicultura (DEPAQ), Laboratório de Ecologia Bentônica. São Cristóvão, SE, Brasil.
  • Barbara Maichak de Carvalho Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR), Setor de Ciências da Terra, Departamento de Engenharia Ambiental (DEA), Laboratório de Ecologia e Conservação (LEC), Programa de Pós-Graduação em Engenharia Ambienta. Pontal do Paraná, PR, Brasil.



Conodon nobilis, Menticirrhus cuiaranensis, Polydactylus virginicus, Ontogenetic variation, Shape indices


The objective of this study was to describe the morphology and morphometry of saggitta otoliths of Polydactylus virginicus, Menticirrhus cuiaranensis and Conodon nobilis in a tropical environment. Fishes were caught with rod and reel in competitive fishing events promoted in 2014-2015 along the coast of Sergipe. A total of 174 pairs of sagitta otoliths of P. virginicus, 181 of M. cuiaranensis and 77 of C. nobilis was extracted. In general, the sagitta otoliths of all three species analyzed here presented different morphology and shape indices. The permutational multivariate analysis of variance (PERMANOVA) demonstrated significant differences among species and ontogenetic phases within each species using morphometry and shape indices. The linear discriminant analysis (LDA) presented a 98.3% correct reclassification of the otoliths by species.


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Oliveira, C. S. de, Freire, K. de M. F., Rosa, L. C. da, & Carvalho, B. M. de. (2021). Sagitta otolith of three demersal species in a tropical environment. Papéis Avulsos De Zoologia, 61, e20216154.



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