Fish have a high ability to regenerate fins, including the caudal fin. After caudal fin amputation, original bi-lobed morphology is reconstructed during its rapid regrowth. It is still controversial whether positional memory in the blastema cells regulates reconstruction of fin morphology as in amphibian limb regeneration, in which limb blastema cells located at the same proximal-distal level have the same positional identity. We investigated growth period and growth rate in zebrafish caudal fin regeneration. We found that both the growth period and growth rate differed for fin rays that were amputated at the same proximal-distal level, indicating that it takes different periods of time for fin rays to restore their original lengths after straight amputation. We also show that more proximal amputation takes longer period to reconstruct the original morphology/size than more distal amputation. Statistical analysis suggested that both the growth period/rate are determined by amputated length (depth) regardless of the fin ray identity along dorsal-ventral axis. In addition, we suggest the possibility that the structural/physical condition such as width of the fin ray at the amputation site (niche at the stump) may determine the growth period/rate.
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