The otolith, an aragonite crystal found in the labyrinth of the inner ear, functions mainly as an aid to the balance and hearing of teleost fishes. The morphology of otolith is species-specific and useful for the identification of fishes. This method is widely applied to systematics, fishery biology, trophic ecology, paleontology and archaeology. In this book “Otolith Atlas of Taiwan Fishes”, a total of 1004 species belonging to 30 orders, 165 families, and 488 genera are presented. The otolith images and descriptions as well as information for voucher specimens of this book are also contained in a comprehensive database with identical title in this webpage (http://oto.nmmba.gov.tw) (http://oto.biodiv.tw).
In addition, this website also contains 400 otolith specimens from ASIZ museum , these photos are not included in the book, Now 1,102 species were included in this website, 98 more than the book.
Chien-Hsiang Lin and Chih-Wei Chang
National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium Taiwan ROC