Morphology Data of Astyanax courensis
Identification keys
Abnormalities
Main Ref. Bertaco, V.A., F.R. Carvalho and F.C. Jerep, 2010
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors
Remarks Males are easily recognized by the presence of small bony hooks on the anal-fin rays.; anal-fin shape nearly straight in males (vs. concave in females). Gill glands were not found macroscopically on first gill arch in either males or females (Ref. 84461).

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features
Body shape lateral
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales
Diagnosis

Astyanax courensis belongs to the A. scabripinnis species complex and is distinguished from other species of this complex by the number of scale rows between lateral line and pelvic fin origin (3-4 vs. 5-6), except from A. brachypterygium, A. burgerai Zanata & Camelier, A. goyanensis, A. intermedius Eigenmann, A. jenynsii, A. microschemos, A. rivularis Lütken, A. totae, and A. varzeae. It differs from A. brachypterygium, A. goyanensis, and A. totae by head length (24.9-28.2% SL, mean = 26.6 vs. 27.8-33.2, mean = 29.9, 27.7-32.3, mean = 31.6, and 27.9-32.8, mean = 29.7, respectively), and by the number of humeral spots (1 vs. 2, except in A. totae, which has one). It differs from A. burgerai and A. intermedius by shape of the dentary teeth (abruptly decreasing in size after fourth tooth vs. teeth gradually decreasing in size posteriorly), and orbital diameter (24.9-31.9% HL, mean = 27.9 vs. 34.6-40.6, mean = 38.0, 32.5-47.8, mean = 39.0, respectively); from A. jenynsii by the number of branched anal-fin rays (15-17, mean = 15.8 vs. 13-15, mean =14) and upper jaw length (40.6-50.0% HL, mean = 44.9 vs. 35.9-39.5, mean = 37.4); from A. rivularis by body depth (27.4-33.1% SL, mean = 30.5 vs. 35.0-46.0, mean = 40.3), and by the number of humeral spots (1 vs. 2); from A. varzeae by the number of lateral line scales (35-36, mean = 35.4 vs. 37-42, mean = 39), caudal-peduncle length (13.6-16.9% SL, mean =15.2 vs. 10.5-13.9, mean = 12.4) and orbital diameter (24.9-31.9% HL, mean = 27.9 vs. 30.9-44.5, mean = 37.9). Furthermore, it differs from A. microschemos and A. totae by the number of maxillary teeth (1 vs. 2-3 and 2-5, respectively). Astyanax courensis differs from only sympatric Astyanax species, A. goyanensis, by the number of pelvic-fin rays (8 vs. 7), and number of maxillary teeth (1 vs. 2-5), and by prepectoral distance (23.7-27.8% SL, mean = 26.4 vs. 27.7-32.0, mean = 30.4) (Ref. 84461).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Astyanax courensis

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle
Barbels
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
total
Vertebrae
preanal
total

Fins

Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes
Fins number
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Ventral  
Spines total
Soft-rays total
Adipose fin

Caudal fin

Attributes

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     
Soft-rays   
Pelvics Attributes  
Position    
Spines     
Soft-rays   
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Busson, Frédéric
Modified by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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