Morphology Data of Gila coerulea
Identification keys
Abnormalities
Main Ref. Page, L.M. and B.M. Burr, 2011
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors
Remarks

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

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

Gila coerulea can be distinguished by the following characters: large eye; pointed snout; terminal mouth extending to front of eye; fairly slender, compressed body, slender caudal peduncle; 58-71 scales on lateral line; 9 dorsal rays; 8-9 anal rays; pharyngeal teeth 2,5-5,2; body generally dusky olive above; silver blue side; and breeding males with blue snout, orange side and fins (Ref. 86798).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Gila coerulea

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 58 - 71
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 no striking attributes
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Ventral  
Spines total
Soft-rays total 9 - 9
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes forked

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total 8 - 9

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Spines     
Soft-rays   
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    abdominal
Spines     
Soft-rays   
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Torres, Armi G.
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