Morphology Data of Characidium borellii
Identification keys
Main Ref. Géry, J., A. Zarske and H.J. Paepke, 2001
Appearance refers to Male; Female
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs no special organs
Different appearance males alike females
Different colors males alike females

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features none
Body shape lateral fusiform / normal
Cross section circular
Dorsal head profile more or less straight
Type of eyes more or less normal
Type of mouth/snout more or less normal
Position of mouth terminal
Type of scales

A generalized Characidium with the isthmus scaly and the breast rounded, iii external pectoral rays and i external pelvic ray, the eye only slightly oblique, the lateral line complete and the adipose fin present; zebra-like color pattern; characterized by only ii,8 dorsal rays and few (5/5) teeth on both jaws, essentially conical, with apex of the mandibulary teeth somewhat enlarged, triangular, and probably no second mandibulary row and no pterygoid teeth. 'Spines' refer to unbranched rays.

Ease of Identification likely to be confused with closely related species.

Meristic characteristics of Characidium borellii

Lateral Lines 1 Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 36
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle 14
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
total 37


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   0 - 0
Ventral  0 - 0
Spines total 2
Soft-rays total 8
Adipose fin present

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 2
Soft-rays total 7

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Spines     3
Soft-rays   9
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    abdominal  behind origin of D1
Spines     1
Soft-rays   9
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Froese, Rainer
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