Cutaneous taste buds in gadoid fishes

Robin Harvey, Robert S Batty

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Abstract

Cutaneous taste buds occurred on the head and fins in five species of juvenile gadoid fishes from the west of Scotland, but there were significant differences in their density between regions on the fish and between species for individual regions. The highest taste bud densities were recorded on the edge of the anterior naris flap. the barbel, pelvic fin rays. snout tip and upper lip. Cod Gadus morhua and poor cod Trisopterus minutus had significantly higher taste bud densities on the first two pelvic fin rays than the other species. This appears to correspond with their more benthic lifestyle, in which the pelvic fins are frequently trailed over the sea bed when searching for prey. (C) 2002 The Fisheries Society of the British Isles.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)583-592
Number of pages10
JournalJ FISH BIOL
Issue number0
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Keywords

  • SOFT SUBLITTORAL BOTTOM
  • ECOLOGY
  • GADIDAE
  • Marine & Freshwater Biology
  • FEEDING-HABITS
  • Fisheries
  • ATLANTIC
  • COD
  • FOOD
  • NORTHERN NORTH-SEA
  • LARVAE

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