Journal of Ichthyology

, Volume 59, Issue 5, pp 680–688 | Cite as

Otolith Morphology of Amur Sleeper Perccottus glenii (Odontobutidae)

  • D. A. PavlovEmail author


Morphology of the sagitta, lapillus, and asteriscus is described in Amur sleeper Perccottus glenii, 19–245 mm TL. The sagitta is characterized by an almost quadratic shape. In the majority of individuals, the largest sagitta height along the dorsoventral axis (OH) is larger than the largest sagitta length along the anteroposterior axis (OL); and the average OH/OL index in the fishes above 60 mm TL is 1.18 (n = 191). The sagitta differs from the sagittae of recent and fossil representatives of the suborder Gobioidei (described until now) in the irregular rims with several dorsal lobes, well-developed postrostrum, and undefined sulcus acusticus. A negative allometry of the sagitta growth in relation to body length and lapillus and asteriscus growth in relation to body length and sagitta height is observed.


Amur sleeper Perccottus glenii sagitta lapillus asteriscus morphology allometry 



I am grateful to E.A. Shirokova (Moscow State University) for help in collection and treatment of the material. I am grateful to academician D.S. Pavlov for the possibility to work in the Laboratory of Microscopy of the Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of Sciences.


Conflict of interests. The authors declare that they have no conflict of interests.

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  1. 1.Biological Faculty, Moscow State UniversityMoscowRussia

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