Skeletal element that forms around the notochord and is part of the vertebral column. [ VSAO:0000184 ]

Synonyms: vertebra element

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Term information

database cross reference
  • VSAO:0000184
  • VHOG:0001143
curator notes

we include a distinct subclass for bony vertebra

has alternative id


has broad synonym

vertebra skeletal element

has narrow synonym

vertebral endochondral element

vertebra endochondral element

homology notes

In contrast to lampreys and jawed vertebrates, hagfishes were thought to lack vertebrae. Now, long overlooked vertebral rudiments have been analysed in hagfish, suggesting that vertebrae existed in the last common ancestor of all vertebrates.[well established][VHOG]



taxon notes

Typically an endochondral element, in salamanders there is an argument that vertebral development is perichondral and not preformed in cartilage