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(English) All the cartilaginous and bony elements comprising the exoskeleton (or dermoskeleton) which includes the dermocranium, secondary pectoral girdle and scales, and the endoskeleton. The latter has a somatic axial component comprising the neurocranium, vertebral column and paraxial elements, a somatic appendicular component comprising the median fins, paired fins, radials, pterygiophores and fin rays, and a visceral component, the viscerocranium, comprising the mandibular arch, the hyoid arch and the branchial arches. Its main function is to strengthen and maintain the shape of an animal. (See also: vertebra, vertebrates, centrum)
(French) Structure dont la fonction principale est de renforcer et de maintenir la forme d'un animal. (See also: vertebra, vertebrates, centrum)
(Portuguese) Estrutura cuja função principal é suportar e manter a forma de um animal. (See also: vertebra, vertebrates, centrum)

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