Microestructura de los otolitos Sagittae de larvas y juveniles de Merluccius hubbsi (Marini 1933): análisis comparativo entre las áreas de distribución bonaerense y norpatagónica
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The life history of numerous aquatic organisms involves a pelagic larval stage, followed by a shift to a demersal or benthic existence (settlement) in the juvenile and adult stage. This transition and ecological, physiological and morphological changes frequently remain recorded like checks or marks in fish otoliths. As a contribution to the knowledge of hake (Merluccius hubbsi)life history, sagittae otoliths of larvae and juveniles with total length between 19 and 190 mm inhabiting North Patagonian and Bonaerensis waters in the Argentine sea (SW Atlantic)were analyzed. Using an image analysis system, otoliths microstructure was described and comparisons between left and right otoliths and between study areas in the following variables were realized: accesory growth centers number, higher primordium radius, higher otolith radius and settlement time (i.e. pelagic larval duration). Moreover, the otolith radius-fish total length relation to both areas was established and finally, macrostr.....