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Asymmetry and Functional Design - the Pharyngeal Jaw Apparatus in Soleoid Flatfishes (Pisces; Pleuronectiformes)

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For more content, see Archives Néerlandaises de Zoologie (Vol 1-17) and Animal Biology (Vol 53 and onwards).

A comparative functional approach to the morphology of the pharyngeal jaw apparatus (PJA) in three species of Soleoid flatfishes, members of the presently recognized two families (Soleidae and Cynoglossidae), unravels structural and functional relevant form-features. These fishes are all marked by a highly asymmetrical oral jaws apparatus, but show little asymmetrical design within the branchial elements. For Cynoglossus zanzibarensis a model is proposed to explain its unique arrangement and possible function of its PJA. A hypothetic morphocline is proposed offering tentative views on the transformation of functional design leading to the PJA in Cynoglossid flatfishes.

Affiliations: 1: Zoölogisch Laboratorium Rijksuniversiteit Leiden, Postbus 9516, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands


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