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Age structure of the Australian lungfish (Neoceratodus forsteri)

Fallon, Stewart; McDougall, Andrew J.; Espinoza, Thomas; Roberts, David T.; Brooks, Steven; Kind, Peter; Kennard, Mark; Bond, Nick; Marshall, Sharon M.; Schmidt, Daniel J.; Hughes, Jane Margaret


The Australian lungfish has been studied for more than a century without any knowledge of the longevity of the species. Traditional methods for ageing fish, such as analysis of otolith (ear stone) rings is complicated in that lungfish otoliths differ from teleost fish in composition. As otolith sampling is also lethal, this is not appropriate for a protected species listed under Australian legislation. Lungfish scales were removed from 500 fish from the Brisbane, Burnett and Mary rivers. A...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2019-01-23
Type: Journal article
Source: PLOS ONE (Public Library of Science)
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0210168
Access Rights: Open Access


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