Morphology Data of Pethia thelys
Identification keys
Main Ref. Kullander, S.O., 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 short and / or deep
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth sub-terminal/inferior
Type of scales

Belongs to the Puntius conchonius species group distinguished by the following combination of characters: absence of barbels, absence of humeral mark; presence of prominent dark blotch anteriorly on caudal peduncle, chiefly on scales 17-18 or 18-19 in lateral row; dorsal fin in males with two rows of dark blotches and dark margin, blotches anteriorly on fin most prominent; anal and pelvic fins immaculate; lateral line short, on 6-11 scales; scales in lateral row 20-23. Differs from similar species Puntius macrogramma, and Puntius stoliczkanus by having short lateral line (vs. complete or almost complete) and the absence of humeral mark; from Puntius conchonius by having larger caudal peduncle blotch and dark color of dorsal fin in two rows of spots crossing middle of fin (vs. forming a dark marginal blotch) (Ref. 75627).

Description: Dorsal fin iii,8, iv,8; Anal fin iii,5; Pectoral fin i12, i13, i14; Pelvic fin i7, i8 (Ref. 75627).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Pethia thelys

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 20 - 23
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle 12 - 12
Barbels 0
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
preanal 12 - 13


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total 11 - 12
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes forked

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total 8 - 8

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   13 - 15
Pelvics Attributes  
Position    abdominal  beneath origin of D1
Soft-rays   8 - 9
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Torres, Armi G.
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