Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
Due to the species-specific nature of otoliths and given they are often the only part of the fish preserved when fish die, otolith catalogues can be used in numerous applications, such as diet studies in fish eating animals, including pinnipeds, fish and sea birds; archaeological purposes such as reconstructing indigenous people’s diets from otoliths found in middens or evolutionary history of fish species by comparing fossilized otoliths. Given the unique mixture of subtropical and temperate fish, including many endemic species that occur off the southwest corner of WA having a catalogue for this area is extremely important for people working on identifying otoliths in this region. The catalogued displays up to three individual otoliths from 267 fish species from south-western Australia, representing 20 Orders and 103 Families.
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Otoliths, Catalogue, Fish, Diet, Western Australia
Dowling, C, Smith, K, Lek, E, and Brown, J. (2021), Otoliths of south-western Australian fish: a photographic catalogue. Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Perth. Report 317.
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