Origin of scute
Examples from the Web for scutes
Wear on the shell of a box turtle reduces the thickness of scutes, as does the shedding of scutes in the aquatic emyids mentioned.
In the first six rows the scutes are very small, and increase in number up to twelve in a row.
The mid-body region is protected by a varying number of bands of scutes united by soft skin, so as to allow of movement.The Vertebrate Skeleton|Sidney H. Reynolds
The four scutes of the next designs assume a symmetrical position, and the central crossed line may represent the alligators body.Evolution in Art|Alfred C. Haddon
Scutes: the chitinous shields or plates on the segments of larvae.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology|John. B. Smith