Morphology Data of Poropuntius bolovenensis
Identification keys
Main Ref. Roberts, T.R., 1998
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
Type of scales

Body depth about 4 times in SL; 8 branched dorsal rays; 4 scale rows between lateral line and mid-ventral row in front of pelvic fins; 11-12 predorsal scales; uniformly dark greenish body in life; caudal with no noticeable marks (Ref. 43281). Comprises four distinct forms or morphs (Poropuntius bolovenensis bolovenensis, P. bolovenensis acuticeps, P. bolovenensis glaridostoma and P. bolovenensis laticeps). These are morphs of a species with pronounced trophic polymorphism. Most specimens have mouth parts resembling those in many other barbin species, including most species of Poropuntius with well-developed barbels, such as P. deauratus. P. bolovenensis is based on this form. The four morphs also have slight differences in body proportions (head length, body depth, caudal peduncle length) and meristic characters (counts of dorsal fin rays, gill rakers and scales). Their coloration in life is virtually identical, one reason for considering that they represent a single species. All of the smaller individuals have mouth parts of the generalized type (Ref. 35912)

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Poropuntius bolovenensis

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 30 - 32
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


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   0 - 0
Ventral  0 - 0
Spines total
Soft-rays total
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes forked; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    abdominal  before origin of D1
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Torres, Armi G.
Modified by Froese, Rainer
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