Caudal Fin Deformity in the Wild Silver Pomfret Pampus argenteus Collected from the Arabian Gulf Coasts of Oman  

Laith A. Jawad
Flat bush, Manukau, Auckland, New Zealand
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International Journal of Marine Science, 2014, Vol. 4, No. 38   doi: 10.5376/ijms.2014.04.0038
Received: 19 Feb., 2014    Accepted: 06 May, 2014    Published: 15 Jul., 2014
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Abstract

A wild silver pomfret, Pampus argenteus with deformity in the caudal fin is described and compared with normal fish specimen. Among the severe abnormalities observed is the complete absence of the caudal skeleton. Minor abnormalities such as undulation of caudal fin rays and pterygiophores and deformity of the haemal spines were encountered in the caudal region of the specimen. The potential causative factors of this anomaly were discussed.

Keywords
Caudal fin deformity; Skeletal abnormalities; Silver pomfret; Arabian Gulf
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