Journal of Fish Biology
age, DNA, otoliths, reef fish
To maximize the information commonly collected from otoliths, the effect of DNA extraction on the estimation of age with otoliths was evaluated by comparing sagittal otolith samples from common coral trout (Plectropomus leopardus) for clarity and ageing discrepancies in DNAextracted and untreated control otoliths. The DNA extraction process had no significant effect, indicating that archived otoliths can be used as a source of DNA while retaining their utility for age estimation.
Heath, D.; Lou, D. C.; Ovenden, J.; and Begg, G. A.. (2007). Effect of DNA extraction on ageing success in coral trout (Plectropomus leopardus, Lacepède) otoliths. Journal of Fish Biology, 71 (supplement B), 302-307.
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