Masters Theses

Abstract

"Otoliths are calcareous structures occurring in the auditory labyrinths of teleost (bony) fishes. Three pairs of these earstones normally are found: the sagitta, in the sacculus; the asteriscus, in the lagena; and the lapillus in the utriculus. In fishes other than the Order cypriniformes (carp, catfishes, and related forms), the sagitta is the largest otolith, and it may be used in taxonomic and other studies. Fossil earstones of cuskeels (Family Ophidiiae-Brotulidae), constituting the Preophidion complex, occur in relative abundance at various levels in the Claiborne, Jackson, and Vicksburg groups of the Lower Tertiary on the Gulf Coast. The present study was undertaken in order to separate and define the taxonomic units making up the complex"--Abstract, Page ii.

Advisor(s)

Frizzell, Don L. (Donald Leslie), 1906-1972

Committee Member(s)

Maxwell, James C.
Spreng, Alfred C., 1923-2012
Vaughn, George E., Jr., 1925-1997

Department(s)

Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Geology

Sponsor(s)

University of Missouri at Rolla. Department of Geology. Research Graduate Fellowship

Publisher

University of Missouri at Rolla

Publication Date

1965

Pagination

vi, 89 Pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (leaves 56-57).

Geographic Coverage

Gulf States

Rights

© 1965 Gary N. Pointer, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

File Type

text

Language

English

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Otoliths
Otoliths, Fossil
Ophidiidae
Fishes -- Gulf States

Thesis Number

T 1712

Print OCLC #

5964465

Electronic OCLC #

843114504

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