However, these prickles closely resemble the teeth and denticles found in the jaws, oral cavity, branchial tooth plates and gill rakers of cottoid fishes, but have been little studied and illustrated (an exception is the work of Chernova 2008, fig.
This paper deals with the small ossicles such as bony platelets, scutes, tubercles, prickles, ossified sensory line segments, oral and branchial denticles and ossified gill raker tubercles of the cottoid families Cyclopteridae and Liparidae of the Baltic Sea.
The morphology, variability, ultrasculpture and inferred growth of small dermal and other ossicles of Cyclopterus lumpus (lumpsucker) and Liparis liparis (sea snail) from the Baltic Sea can be compared with those seen in three genera and species (Triglopsis quadricornis--fourhorn sculpin, Myoxocephalus scorpius--shorthorn sculpin, Taurulus bubalis--longspined bullhead) of the related cottoid family Cottidae (sculpins) as described by Marss et al.
Contributions to the Systematics of the Cottoid Fishes (Teleostei: Scorpaeniformes).
Additional examined material of cottoids was listed in Marss et al.
The morphology of dermal ossicles varies among the examined cottoids of the Baltic Sea.
Dermal ossicles of Liparis liparis differ radically from those of the other Baltic Sea cottoids (Marss et al.
The quadrangular shape of the openings differs from the shapes in all other Baltic Sea cottoids (C.
Other subjects include copulatory structures, signaling and courtship, adaptation and evolution of reproductive mode in copulating cottoid
species, fertilization, sex determination, and parental care, as well as reproduction in relation to conservation and exploitation of marine fishes, cryopreservation of gametes, embryogenesis and development, and molecular genetics of the development of the Zebrafish.
Other subjects covered include sexual selection, signaling and courtship, adaptation and evolution of reproductive mode in copulating cottoid
species, sex determination, parental care, cryopreservation of gametes, and reproduction in relation to conservation and exploitation of marine fishes.