Gill-filament ossifications: a possible morphological synapomorphy uniting the families Balitoridae and Cobitidae (Ostariophysi: Cypriniformes). Academic Article uri icon


  • Ossifications associated with the gill filaments of members of the Balitoridae and Cobitidae are described for the first time. Although gill-filament ossifications are common in teleosts, similar ossifications were not observed in other members of the order Cypriniformes. Their presence is interpreted as a shared and derived character uniting the families Balitoridae and Cobitidae as a monophyletic group.

published proceedings

  • J Fish Biol

author list (cited authors)

  • Conway, K. W., & Mayden, R. L.

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Conway, KW||Mayden, RL

publication date

  • December 2009