Interactive exploration for osteology

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160 species
106 families
13 bones types
5296 photos

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Link to AFORO

At the species level, links to the AFORO (Shape Analysis of Fish Otoliths) website have been added. Click on the AFORO logo to access it.

From interactive exploration...

OsteoBase is an interactive website designed for osteological exploration, from the entire skeleton to constituting bones. The interface provides access to pictures of a collection of osteological items, organized to compare these osteological items in different taxa.
Thus OsteoBase constitutes an osteological identification tool providing two ways to navigate:
- users can either select a bone to make comparison across several taxa (navigation by osteological structures);
- or select a taxon to visualize its bones (navigation by taxon).
Taxa can be sorted by geographical zones.

... to osteology learning

One of the main originalities of OsteoBase is the navigation through the pictures: the entire osteology can be explored just by hovering and clicking on pictures, without a need to know the name of bones. OsteoBase can therefore be used as an educational tool to learn osteology to initiate users like students or biologists not specialized in this field (for instance ecologists who want to identify prey remains).

To learn more about osteology, visit AcanthoWeb, the website of a research team working on acanthomorph systematics.


Osteobase includes downloadable osteometric data for 8 species: Anguilla anguilla, Oreochromis niloticus, Sarotherodon galilaeus, Tilapia zillii, Clarias anguillaris, Bodianus diplotaenia, Lates niloticus, Lutjanus argentiventris.

Identification tool

A computer-aided identification tool (Xper² software) is available and helps in identifying the dentary.

How to cite OsteoBase?

TERCERIE, S., BEAREZ, P., PRUVOST, P., BAILLY, N. & VIGNES-LEBBE, R. 2022. Osteobase. World Wide Web electronic publication. osteobase.mnhn.fr, version may 2022.

Select a taxon to explore its skeleton

About OsteoBase

To learn more about the OsteoBase project,
click here

Color code

orange =
osteological structures

green = taxa
yellow = specimens
blue =
geographical areas

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