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Els Thieren, Wim Wouters, Wim Van Neer and Anton Ervynck (2012)

Body length estimation of the European eel Anguilla anguilla on the basis of isolated skeletal elements

Cybium, 36:551-562.

Using a large series of dry skeletons of modern European eel Anguilla anguilla (Linnaeus, 1758) from Belgium and the Netherlands, the relationship between fish length and individual bone measurements is investigated. The aim of the study is to provide adequate regression equations between both parameters. This methodology is relevant for both palaeoecological and ecological researches since isolated skeletal elements survive in large numbers on archaeological sites and in the stomach contents, faeces or regurgitations of piscivorous animals. The predictive value for the length estimations is explored for various skeletal elements and the accuracy of the obtained regression formulae is compared to that of the formulae already existing in literature. Particular attention is paid to the use of vertebrae, taking into account that different morphotypes can be distinguished amongst them.
Peer Review, Impact Factor, International Redaction Board, RBINS Collection(s)
IF 0.404
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