Imaging Matrix Materials and Fundamental Lamellae Structure of Biogenic Aragonite

  • R. W. Gauldie
  • G. Raina
  • S. K. Sharma
  • I. F. West


Atomic force microscopy (AFM) has been used to image lamellae at the nanometer level of resolution in broken sections of otoliths of snapper (Pagrus major), hake (Macruronus novaezelandiae) and salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) as well as in abiogenic aragonite. In abiogenic aragonite the mean lamellae width is found to be 30 nm. Comparison of the values of lamellae widths obtained from the published literature showed no significant difference between the lamellae widths measured from atomic force and transmission electron microscopy of otoliths of hake (Macruronus novaezelandiae). There are, however, statistically significant differences in lamellae widths between species, that is, the mean lamellae width is in the order of snapper (80 nm) < hake (90 nm) < salmon (130 nm).


Atomic Force Microscope Juvenile Salmon Oncorhynchus Tshawytscha Fish Otolith Transmission Electron Microscopy Section 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. W. Gauldie
    • 1
  • G. Raina
    • 1
  • S. K. Sharma
    • 1
  • I. F. West
    • 1
  1. 1.Hawaii Institute of Geophysics School of Ocean and Earth Science and TechnologyUniversity of HawaiiHonoluluUSA

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