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Compared morphological description of the pufferfishes digestive tract of the families Tetraodontidae and Diodontidae

Grant number: 13/02777-2
Support Opportunities:Regular Research Grants
Duration: May 01, 2013 - June 30, 2014
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Morphology - Anatomy
Principal Investigator:Renata de Britto Mari
Grantee:Renata de Britto Mari
Host Institution: Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus Experimental do Litoral Paulista. São Vicente , SP, Brazil


Fishes represent a group with great biodiversity in aquatic ecosystems. Teleosts have shown considerable versatility food throughout development, even within the same species. The morphology of the digestive tract (DT) of the fishes concerns the ecology of their feeding habits, then determining its functionality. The fishes of the order Tetraodontiformes has two families, Tetraodontidae and Diodontidae, being represented by pufferfishes. These fish have the ability to expand the body cavity through ingestion of water or air in an attempt to protect itself from predation. Thus, in view of the evolutionary characteristics of the pufferfishes to adapt to the environment, this paper aims to describe and compare pufferfishes DT morphology of two families of the order Tetraodontiformes. For this purpose, will be used 20 adult specimens of Sphoeroides testudineus (Tetraodontidae) and 20 adult specimens of Chilomycterus spinosus spinosus (Diodontidae) from fishing in the coastal region of Santos. After collection, the fish will be fixed with aqueous formaldehyde 10%, and segments of DT will be identified, described, isolated and designed for the processing of light microscopy. (AU)

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FAGUNDES, KAINA R. C.; ROTUNDO, MATHEUS M.; MARI, RENATA B.. Morphological and histochemical characterization of the digestive tract of the puffer fish Sphoeroides testudineus (Linnaeus 1758) (Tetraodontiformes: Tetraodontidae). Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências, v. 88, n. 3, S, p. 1615-1624, . (13/02777-2, 12/17482-5)

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