Osteocyte lacunae size in the genus Xenopus (Pipidae)

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  • 1 1Station de Zoologie expérimentale, University of Geneva, Chêne-Bougeries, Switzerland
  • 2 2Station de Zoologie expérimentale, University of Geneva, Chêne-Bougeries, Switzerland

Abstract

The relationship is studied between the volume of osteocyte lacunae and the nuclear DNA content and level of ploidy in the genus Xenopus. The lacunae volume and the DNA content appear strongly correlated. The possible use of this relationship in the study of the evolution of the genus is discussed.

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