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Otolith Mass Asymmetry in Lutjanus ehrenbergii (Peters, 1869) Collected from the Sea of Oman  

Abdullah H. Al Balushi1 , Laith A. Jawad2 , Haitham K. Al Busaidi1
1 Oman Animal & Plant Genetic Resources Centre (OAPGRC), Scientific Research Council, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
2 Flat Bush, Manukau, Auckland 2016, New Zealand
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International Journal of Marine Science, 2017, Vol. 7, No. 37   doi: 10.5376/ijms.2017.07.0037
Received: 18 Aug., 2017    Accepted: 11 Sep., 2017    Published: 15 Sep., 2017
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Al Balushi A.H., Jawad L.A., and Al Busaidi H.K., 2017, Otolith mass asymmetry in Lutjanus ehrenbergii (Peters, 1869) collected from the Sea of Oman, International Journal of Marine Science, 7(37): 366-370 (doi: 10.5376/ijms.2017.07.0037)


Otolith weight difference on both sides of the fish head, x, was estimated. Sagittae otolith mass asymmetry was investigated in the littoral lutjanid species Lutjanus ehrenbergii. The absolute value of |x| in Lutjanus ehrenbergii does correlate with the fish length and otolith development. Such case is similar to that in the symmetrical fish species, the absolute. An increase in the absolute value of otolith asymmetry in relation to the fish size was observed. The range of x magnitude was between -0.2 and +0.2.

Otolith; Weight asymmetry; Lutjanidae; Sea of Oman; Acoustic and vestibular functions
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