Morphology Data of Pethia atra
Identification keys
Main Ref. Linthoingambi, I. and W. Vishwanath, 2007
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

This species is characterized by the following: edge of dorsal fin black, its spine is weak and serrated posteriorly with 13-17 serrae, spine length is 16.8-23.3% SL; 10 or 11 predorsal scales; incomplete lateral line having 5-11 pored scales; lateral-line scales 25-29; presence of a black longitudinal stripe covering the upper half of the 1st scale row and lower half of the 2nd scale row above lateral-line scales and a black spot extending over 19th and 20th scales of lateral line row at the level above the posterior end of the anal fin base. The intestine is long and coiled, relative gut length 2 - 2.5 TL (Ref. 58118).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Pethia atra

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 25 - 29
Pored lateral line scales 5 - 11
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 4 - 4
total 32 - 33


Dorsal fin(s)

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

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   13 - 13
Pelvics Attributes  
Soft-rays   9 - 9
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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