Morphology Data of Barbus miliaris
Identification keys
Main Ref. Khaefi, R., H.R. Esmaeili, M.F. Geiger and S. Eagderi, 2017
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors

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

Barbus miliaris is distinguished from other members of the Barbus lacerta group by having 69-87 (mode 77) scales along the lateral line (vs. 50-66, mode 57 in B. cyri; 52-66, mode 61 in B. lacerta), and 80-95% of the posterior margin of the last unbranched dorsal-fin ray covered with denticles (vs. 60-70%). It also differs from B. cyri by having more predorsal scales 37-47, mode 42 (vs. 24-34, mode 29), a straight posterior anal-fin margin (vs. convex) and a narrower upper lip (its width 4-6 %HL vs. 7-9 %HL). It is also distinct from B. lacerta by the tip of the anal fin, when pressed to the body, reaching to about the middle of the distance between the base of the last anal-fin ray and the lower caudal-fin origin (vs. beyond, often to caudal-fin base), 3-6 (mode 4) scale rows between the tip of the anal fin and the base of the caudal fin (vs. 0-3), the maxillary barbel is longer (26-41 %HL vs. 12-32 %HL in other species) and does not reach to the posterior eye margin (vs. reaching in B. lacerta); and rectangular gular region (vs. triangular). Other diagnostic characters include the following: snout length 54-57% of body depth at dorsal-fin origin; eye diameter 2.3-2.6 times in snout length; caudal peduncle length 1.7-2.2 times longer than deep; and median pad of lower lip shallow (Ref. 115584).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Barbus miliaris

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 71 - 90
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line 13 - 17
Scale rows below lateral line 10 - 14
Scales around caudal peduncle 28 - 35
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
total 9 - 12


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total 11 - 11
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes forked

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total 9 - 9

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Soft-rays   14 - 17
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    abdominal  behind origin of D1
Soft-rays   8 - 10
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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