Morphology Data of Laubuka varuna
Identification keys
Main Ref. Pethiyagoda, R., M. Kottelat, A. Silva, K. Maduwage and M. Meegaskumbura, 2008
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 fusiform / normal
Cross section
Dorsal head profile more or less straight
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

Distinguished from all congeners by the combination of the following characters: lateral line complete, with 31-33+1-2 scales; ½6-½ 7/1/2 ½-3½ scales in transverse line on body, ½3-½ 4/1/1 ½ on caudal peduncle. Other distinguishing characters include: body depth 27.9-32.4% SL; and lower jaw smooth, lacking tubercles on skin over dentary (Ref. 75997).

Description: Dorsal fin with 2 simple and 8½ branched rays; anal fin with 3 simple and 15½ - 17½ branched rays; pectoral fin with one unbranched and 11 branched rays; pelvic fin with one unbranched and 5 branched rays (Ref. 75997).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Laubuka varuna

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales 31 - 33
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
preanal 14 - 14


Dorsal fin(s)

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

Caudal fin

Attributes forked

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   12 - 12
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    abdominal  before origin of D1
Soft-rays   6 - 6
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Torres, Armi G.
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