Natural Variability and Effects of Cleaning and Storage Procedures on Vertebral Chemistry of the Blacktip Shark Carcharhinus limbatus
Coastal Sciences, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
Key methodological assumptions regarding the degree of natural variability and influence of sample handling and storage of elasmobranch vertebral chemistry were assessed using laser-ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Vertebral chemistry of juvenile blacktip sharks Carcharhinus limbatus was examined to identify whether differences existed among different regions of the vertebral column, between thoracic vertebrae of individual fish or within individual vertebrae. Additionally, the effects of bleach exposure and storage in ethanol on vertebral chemistry were compared. No significant variation in vertebral chemistry was found among different regions of the vertebral column or between thoracic vertebrae, but significant differences among transect locations within individual vertebrae were observed. The variation at all three levels appears comparable with published data on sagittal otoliths of bilaterally symmetrical teleost fishes. The experimental assessment of potential treatment effects indicated vertebral chemistry was not significantly affected by bleach or exposure to ethanol. Taken together, these results support the idea that vertebrae taken from the same region of the vertebral column can be treated as equivalent and at least certain elements remain robust to exposure to bleach and ethanol.
Journal of Fish Biology
(2017). Natural Variability and Effects of Cleaning and Storage Procedures on Vertebral Chemistry of the Blacktip Shark Carcharhinus limbatus. Journal of Fish Biology, 91(5), 1284-1300.
Available at: https://aquila.usm.edu/fac_pubs/17647