Placoid Scale

Placoid Scale

 

a scale characteristic of cartilaginous fishes. It consists of a flat base (the basal plate), a neck, and a crown. Inside each scale there are several pulp canals or a cavity filled with pulp. A placoid scale is formed of dentin; its tip is covered with a harder, enamel-like vitrodentin. The scale originates between ectoderm and mesoderm, and, as it develops, it breaks through the ectoderm and emerges as a spine. Its formation is complete when the basal plate forms in the mesoderm. The placoid scale is constantly replaced during the life of a fish. In the evolution of vertebrates, the placoid scale precedes the more complexly structured ganoid scale. The teeth of vertebrates are derivatives of placoid scales.

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1955), and is thought to be a modified placoid scale (Reif 1982; Kemp 1999).
Therefore, if caudal spine development of stingrays is similar to that of typical placoid scale regeneration, then rapid replacement of removed spines in U.
Placoid scales develop in the upper layer of the dermis as dermal papillae (scale primordia), which eventually differentiate into an innermost dental papilla, a layer of odontoblasts that secrete dentine, and a layer of ameloblasts that secrete enamel (Kemp 1999).
These placoid scales in sharks are formed of dentine with dermal papillae located at heir core.
Placoid scales are like our teeth in that they are made of dentine.
Sharks have placoid scales, consisting of a rectangular base embedded in the skin with tiny spines that poke upwards from the surface, making them feel rough.
The shark has skin made of teeth-sharp scales called placoid scales.