Validation of age estimates from white sucker otoliths
White suckers Catostomus commersoni were collected by electroshocking from Lake Taneycomo, a coldwater reservoir in southwest Missouri, to val-idate the use of otoliths as a yearly estimator of age. Otoliths (lapillae) were sectioned through the transverse plane for age estimation. Age validation was by edge analysis, whereby the formation of an annulus at the growing edge of the otolith was tracked throughout the year. Results indicated that only one annulus was formed per year. It was determined that otoliths are a reliable estimator of yearly age for while suckers age 2-18 in Lake Taneycomo. © 1995 by the American Fisheries Society.
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Thompson, Kip R., and Daniel W. Beckman. "Validation of age estimates from white sucker otoliths." Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 124, no. 4 (1995): 637-639.
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