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Robert Hoyt, Larry Gleason, Blaine Ferrell

Degree Program

Department of Biology

Degree Type

Master of Science


Goldfish of the wild-strain variety, Carassius auratus, were used in the study of caudal fin regeneration. The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of denervation on caudal fin regeneration.

In the experimental groups, it was evident that denervation did not prevent regeneration, although it was significantly reduced. Statistical analysis using the Duncan's Multiple Range Test showed a highly significant difference (0.01 % level) in the mean percentage of regeneration between the denerved group and the other three groups.

Caudal fins having proximal amputations regenerated at a faster rate than those having distal amputations, producing a higher mean percentage of regeneration.

The results of this study indicated that denervation did not prevent regeneration of the caudal fin in the goldfish and suggested the possibility that this process might be controlled by a combination of several factors.


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