asterospondylous vertebra
a type of vertebra with radiating, star-like calcifications extending to the chordacentrum and autocentrum, e.g. in some Elasmobranchii

Dictionary of ichthyology. 2009.

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  • vertebra asterospondyla — (plural vertebrae asterospondylae)) asterospondylous vertebra (a type of vertebra with radiating, star like calcifications extending to the chordacentrum and autocentrum, e.g. in some Elasmobranchii) …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • vertebra — (plural vertebrae)) bony or cartilaginous elements surrounding the notochord or replacing it and often protecting the spinal cord and caudal vein. Vertebrae are composed of a centrum formed from two pleurocentra and two intercentra or parts of… …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • asterospondyly — the condition of an asterospondylous vertebra …   Dictionary of ichthyology

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