Large scales. Usually means much the same as plate, lamina, shield (Peters 1964).
The hard leathery plates found on the backs of animals such as crocodiles and dinosaurs. They are usually heavily thickened plates of skin material that act as an armoured shield on vulnerable areas such as the back and legs. Some reptiles also have bony scutes that are embedded into the skin. Occasionally dinosaur skeletons are found that have these bony scutes scattered around their bones; these have fallen off as the body decomposes.
Another word for keratin scales. Refers especially to the keratin scales on the outer layer of turtle shells. Sometimes called horny scutes.
plates or large scales set into or onto the skin
large horny scale-like structures that cover the carapace of most turtles.
the bony plates on an alligator's back
Hard, bony ridged structures located on either side of the body immediately forward of the tail fin. Usually pointed.
Flat bony plates of dermal tissue covered by epidermis forming the outer shell of armadillos.
the individual plates on the carapace of a turtle; may be pentagons, hexagons, etc.
enlarged scales such as those covering the bony shell of most turtles siltation deposition of fine mineral particles (silt) on the beds of streams or lakes
horny plates, as on the shell of a sea turtle
The individual segments of the turtle's shell
Sharp, modified scales along the lateral lines of some fish (eg. Trevally and Yellowtail)