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Osteology and myology of the cephalic region and pectoral girdle of Schilbe mystus and comparison with other schilbids, with comments on the monophyly and phylogenetic relationships of the Schilbidae (Teleostei: Siluriformes)
Diogo, R.; Chardon, M.; Vandewalle, P. (2004). Osteology and myology of the cephalic region and pectoral girdle of Schilbe mystus and comparison with other schilbids, with comments on the monophyly and phylogenetic relationships of the Schilbidae (Teleostei: Siluriformes). Anim. Biol. 54(1): 91-110. hdl.handle.net/10.1163/157075604323010079
In: Animal Biology. Brill: Leiden. ISSN 1570-7555, more
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Keywords
    Schilbeidae Bleeker, 1858 [WoRMS]; Siluriformes [WoRMS]; Fresh water
Author keywords
    MYOLOGY; SILURIFORMES.; OSTEOLOGY; CATFISH; SCHILBIDAE; COMPARATIVE MORPHOLOGY; AUTAPOMORPHIES; PHYLOGENY

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  • Diogo, R., more
  • Chardon, M.
  • Vandewalle, P.

Abstract
    The cephalic and pectoral girdle structures of Schilbe mystus are described and compared with those of other schilbids, as well as several other non-schilbid catfishes, as the foundation for a discussion on the monophyly and the phylogenetic relationships of the Schilbidae. Our observations and comparisons suggest that the family Schilbidae is a monophyletic group, defined, at least, by three autapomorphies, namely: 1) the adductor mandibulae A2 is lateral to the A1-Ost; 2) the posterior margin of the horizontal portion of Meckel's cartilage is situated further beyond the coronoid process; 3) the adductor mandibulae A? is visible in a lateral view of the cephalic region. With respect to the phylogenetic relationships of the Schilbidae, our observations and comparisons support a close relationship between this family and the Pangasiidae.

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