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scute

 [skūt]
a squama or scalelike structure.
tympanic scute the bony plate which divides the upper part of the tympanic cavity from the mastoid cells.

scute

(skūt),
A thin lamina or plate.
Synonym(s): scutum (1)
[L. scutum, shield]

scute

(skūt) any squama or scalelike structure, especially the bony plate separating the upper tympanic cavity and mastoid cells (tympanic s.) .

scute

(skyo͞ot)
n.
A keratinous, chitinous, or bony external plate, as on the shell of a turtle or the underside of a snake.

scute

(skyūt)
A thin lamina or plate.
Synonym(s): scutum (1) .
[L. scutum, shield]

scute

any scale-like object such as a fish or reptile scale or the turtle's plate of shell.

scute

any squama or scalelike structure, especially one of the thick epidermal plates on the head of snakes, or the shell of a tortoise.
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The tail is lightly banded and terminates with a rattle representing modified scutes.
The ventral scutes originate from the first scale behind the isthmus and finish before the anal pore; their numbers range from 14 to 18 (mode = 16) prepelvic and 10 to 16 (mode = 12) postpelvic or preanal.
Specifically, the term 'tortoiseshell' refers, almost exclusively, to the horny epidermal scutes of the hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) (Figure 2).
Description Total range of values given first, followed by values for holotype in parentheses: dorsal-fin rays VIII-I, 21-24 (22); anal-fin rays II-I, 17-19 (18); pectoral-fin rays 18-21 (21); vertebrae 10 precaudal + 14 caudal; curved lateral-line scales 50-73 (69); straight lateral-line scales 0-16 (4); straight lateral-line scutes 24-41 (35); total scales + scutes in straight lateral line 32-47 (39); developed gill rakers 2-7 (3) upper, 14-17 (14) lower, 16-24 (17) total; rudimentary gill rakers 0-4 (4) upper, 0-3 (3) lower, 4-8 (7) total; rudimentary + developed gill rakers 20-25 (24) total.
In most historical surveys, turtles were identified individually by notching marginal scutes.
We marked turtles by drilling holes in the marginal scutes so each turtle had a unique combination of holes.
Each specimen was examined to determine whether scale formation had been initiated, and a total count of ventral scutes for specimens in which they were sufficiently developed was obtained.
Turtles were marked by drilling a pattern of holes in the marginal scutes of the carapace.
Roe breakers" usually wear gloves as the menhaden's ventral scutes are sharp and cutting.
These nuchal plates are easily identifiable as those of Terrapene based on having short, wide nuchal and marginal scutes, but I cannot determine for certain which species they represent.
On the inside of the eggshell, many empty fly puparia were noted, as well as remains of what appeared to be a fully developed hatchling, including bones, scutes, and nearly intact tail.