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Bilateral Asymmetry in Paired Meristic Characters of Pacific Salmon

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Item Summary Landrum, B.J. 2009-04-14T01:10:54Z 2009-04-14T01:10:54Z 1966-04
dc.identifier.citation Landrum BJ. 1966. Bilateral asymmetry in paired meristic characters of Pacific salmon. Pac Sci 20(2): 193-202.
dc.identifier.issn 0030-8870
dc.description.abstract The presence, extent, and direction of bilateral asymmetries of lateral line scales, gill rakers, branchiostegal rays, and pectoral fin rays of sockeye, chum, and pink salmon were examined. Some asymmetries were found in all characters in each species. Asymmetries, considering all species combined, occurred in approximately 72% of the lateral line scale comparisons, 59% of the gill raker comparisons, 70% of the branchiostegal ray comparisons, and 26% of the pectoral fin ray comparisons. Bilateral variation in these characters was not conclusively related to sex of the specimens ; however, some tendency toward greater asymmetry in branchiostegals of females was shown. Complete evaluation of this tendency will require further examination. Occurrences of asymmetries were evaluated in relation to the reliability of substituting counts from the opposite side when the chosen side was lost or severely damaged. Substitution of lateral line scales of sockeye salmon appeared to be feasible, but in chum salmon the right side counts were significantly greater. (Scale counts from pink salmon were not available, because of the extreme difficulty in obtaining reliable counts of the characteristically small scales.) Gill raker counts from sockeye salmon were found not to be interchangeable, as the right side counts significantly exceeded those of the left. In pink and chum salmon, bilateral variations in gill rakers appeared to be equal. Branchiostegal counts from the left sides of all species were significantly greater than those of the right. It was indicated that, for all species, pectoral fin ray counts from either side could be substituted reliably.
dc.language.iso en-US
dc.publisher University of Hawai'i Press
dc.title Bilateral Asymmetry in Paired Meristic Characters of Pacific Salmon
dc.type Article
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Appears in Collections: Pacific Science Volume 20, Number 2, 1966

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