Hyperkyphosis in longnose gar (Lepisosteus osseus) of North Central Texas

Western North American Naturalist



Two mature female longnose gar (Lepisosteus osseus) exhibiting severe hyperkyphotic spinal deformities were captured during the 2010 spring spawn at Lake Arrowhead, Clay County, Texas. Yet, despite their deformities and impaired motility, both longnose gar were in overall good condition. Hyperkyphosis in both longnose gar resulted from fused trunk vertebrae in the affected areas. Results of morphological examinations and computerized tomography (CT) scans showed no evidence of injury-induced responses and suggested a congenital or possibly environmentally induced aetiology for disruption of the normal vertebral segmentation process.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Hyperkyphosis in longnose gar (Lepisosteus osseus) of North Central Texas
Series title Western North American Naturalist
DOI 10.3398/064.071.0118
Volume 71
Issue 1
Year Published 2011
Language English
Publisher Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum
Description 6 p.
First page 121
Last page 126
Country United States
State Texas
County Clay County
Other Geospatial Lake Arrowhead
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