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Morphology Data of Parotocinclus prata
Identification keys
Abnormalities
Main Ref. Ribeiro, A.C., A.L.A. Melo and E.H.L. Pereira, 2002
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors
Remarks

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
Diagnosis

Total absence of platelets on the abdomen in specimens of all sizes; and by having rostral plates reduced in extent with anterior margins that fall short of the anterior of the rostral margin of the snout, lacking a ventral curvature (Ref. 47265). Further distinguished from other Parotocinclus species with naked areas on the abdomen by having 25-29 median plates and by having the pectoral girdle exposed only on small areas on each side (Ref. 47265).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Parotocinclus prata

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
Barbels
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
total
Vertebrae
preanal
total

Fins

Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes
Fins number 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Ventral  
Spines total
Soft-rays total
Adipose fin present

Caudal fin

Attributes

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     
Soft-rays   
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    abdominal  before origin of D1
Spines     
Soft-rays   
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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