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DAO 137:195-204 (2020)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/dao03436

Skeletal anomalies in cultured golden pompano Trachinotus ovatus at early stages of development

Jinhui Sun1,*, Guangdong Liu1,2,*, Huayang Guo2,3, Kecheng Zhu2,3, Liang Guo2,3, Baosuo Liu2,3, Nan Zhang2,3, Dianchang Zhang2,3,4,**

1College of Fisheries Science, Tianjin Agricultural University, 300384 Tianjin, PR China
2Key Laboratory of South China Sea Fishery Resources Exploitation and Utilization, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs; South China Sea Fisheries Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences, 510300 Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, PR China
3Guangdong Provincial Engineer Technology Research Center of Marine Biological Seed Industry, 510300 Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, PR China
4Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Fishery Ecology and Environment, 510300 Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, PR China
*These authors contributed equally to this work
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ABSTRACT: Golden pompano Trachinotus ovatus (Linnaeus, 1758) is an important mariculture fish species with high commercial value in China. The present study thoroughly assessed the types and frequencies of skeletal deformities at the early developmental stages of golden pompano in an intensive aquaculture production system. Golden pompano (n = 500) were sampled 30 d posthatch (dph). The specimens were stained with Alcian blue and Alizarin red for the detection of deformities. The results of the study revealed that 77.2% of the specimens showed at least 1 spinal anomaly; most anomalies occurred in the prehemal region, and the most common deformity observed was vertebral fusion (37.4% incidence of deformities). The results of this study provide useful information for the early detection of skeletal deformities and for the optimization of fish fry breeding technologies.


KEY WORDS: Larval quality · Golden pompano · Trachinotus ovatus · Skeletal anomalies · Skeletogenesis · Vertebrae


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Cite this article as: Sun J, Liu G, Guo H, Zhu K and others (2020) Skeletal anomalies in cultured golden pompano Trachinotus ovatus at early stages of development. Dis Aquat Org 137:195-204. https://doi.org/10.3354/dao03436

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