Morphology Data of Melanotaenia picta
Identification keys
Main Ref.
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
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth terminal
Type of scales cycloid scales

This species can be diagnosed by the following combination of characters: V-VI-I,11-14 dorsal-fin rays; I,19-23 anal-fin rays; 13-16 (usually 14) pectoral-fin rays; 35-36 scales on lateral line, 16-19 predorsal scales; 16-22 (usually > 20) cheek scales; 15-19 total gill rakers on first arch; greatest body depth of adult male 33.9 % SL; color in life generally shades of blue green to blue with metallic reflections and indication of darker blue mid-lateral stripe, most prominent on caudal peduncle where edged below with relatively broad white stripe; in situ color pattern composed of brilliant golden reflections especially conspicuous on each side of midlateral region on side of body and caudal peduncle; and reddish to yellow highlights on dorsal, anal, and caudal fins (Ref. 110723).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Melanotaenia picta

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 35 - 36
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
total 15 - 19


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 5 - 6
Soft-rays total 11 - 14
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes forked

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total 1 - 1
Soft-rays total 19 - 23

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Soft-rays   13 - 16
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    abdominal  before origin of D1
Spines     1
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Torres, Armi G.
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