Morphology Data of Harttia fluminensis
Identification keys
Main Ref. Covain, R., S. Fisch-Muller, J.I. Montoya-Burgos, J.H. Mol, P.-Y. Le Bail and S. Day, 2012
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 bony plates or armour

Distinguished from all other species of the genus Harttia except Harttia tuna and Harttia trombetensis by having an incomplete abdominal cover, restricted to preanal and abdominal lateral plates with a row of platelets joining these two series of plates (vs. absence of row of platelets making junction between preanal and lateral abdominal plates), and by its specific barcode sequence (JF292263). Differs from Harttia tuna by having a deeper head (37.31-43.30, mean 38.94 ± 1.42% of HL, vs 31.96-38.77, mean 36.52 ± 1.80% of HL), and from Harttia trombetensis by its color pattern of caudal fin (a large dark band at base of caudal fin vs. a dark rounded blotch). Can be further diagnosed from all other congeners by having a greater minimum caudal peduncle depth (mean = 1.60 ± 0.11% of SL vs. 1.35 ± 0.13 < mean < 1.43 ±0.11% of SL); and a greater interorbital width (mean = 24.25 ±1.02% of HL vs. 22.04 ± 1.27 < mean < 23.12 ± 1.11% of HL) (Ref. 90209).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Harttia fluminensis

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
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total 7 - 7
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes forked

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total 1 - 1
Soft-rays total 5 - 5

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   7 - 7
Pelvics Attributes  
Position    abdominal  behind origin of D1
Spines     1
Soft-rays   6 - 6
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Torres, Armi G.
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