Gill morphometry of the red drum, Sciaenops ocellatus



Title Gill morphometry of the red drum, Sciaenops ocellatus
Author(s) E. Don Stevens
Journal Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
Date 1992
Volume 10
Issue 2
Start page 169
End page 176
Abstract The structure and morphometry of the gills of the marine teleost, red drum, have been studied. The present analysis of gas exchange area of fish gills is one of the most intensive and the results are compared to less intense averaging methods. Based on the gill area estimates, red drum falls into the category of a fish of inter- mediate activity. Its gill clearly has an exchange area less than that of the tunas, but is slightly greater than that of trout or bass. The three components that contribute to total exchange area (filament length, lamellar density, and area of individual lamellae) are not all greater in species with a greater total exchange area. The best correlate is total filament length.

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