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Latin american journal of aquatic research

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Abstract

SAEZ, Sylvia  and  LAMILLA, Julio. Taxonomic dental keys for the Chilean taxa of the superorder Rajomorphii (Chondrichthyes, Batoidea). Lat. Am. J. Aquat. Res. [online]. 2012, vol.40, n.2, pp. 282-291. ISSN 0718-560X.

A series of keys with external and internal dental morphologic features for the identification of each order, family and genus of rays and skates of the batoids known in Chile, are presented. In the case of families Rhinobatidae, Torpedinidae, Narcinidae, Myliobatidae, Mobulidae, Dasyatidae and Urotrygonidae, an identification at the species level is possible. In other cases, due to limitations imposed by the existing knowledge, only discrimination up to genus is allowed. These keys are a complementary tool for the diagnosis of rays suitable for the identification of dental fragments, paleontological discoveries of teeth as well as for jaw teeth. This tool offers a novel taxonomic support, which includes dental features different from those considered nowadays for this superorder.

Keywords : teeth; morphology; taxonomy; identification keys; rays and skates; Chile.

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