Morphology Data of Schistura porocephala
Identification keys
Main Ref. Lokeshwor, Y. and W. Vishwanath, 2013
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors
Remarks Males with elongated prominent spoon shaped suborbital flap with deep slit on cheek extending from anterior one-third of eye to above midway between bases of posterior rostral and maxillary barbels

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

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

Distinguished from all congeners by having the following combination of characters: cephalic lateral line system consisting of prominent pores, lateral line incomplete with 27-38 pores, body with 20-23 thin olivaceous dark bars against yellowish cream background; dorsal fin with 3 simple and 7 1/2 branched rays and two rows of black spots; 9 + 8 branched rays in slightly emarginate caudal fin and an elongated suborbital flap extending from front of anterior tubular nostril to anterior one-third of eye in males (Ref. 93020).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Schistura porocephala

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales 27 - 38
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle
Barbels 6
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total 10 - 10
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes more or less truncate

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total 8 - 8

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   12 - 12
Pelvics Attributes  
Soft-rays   8 - 8
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Torres, Armi G.
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