Morphology Data of Sundadanio goblinus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Conway, K.W., M. Kottelat and H.H. Tan, 2011
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

Distinguished from all congeners by the presence of intense dusky markings on the dorsal and caudal fins, and from all others, except Sundadanio axelrodi and S. atomus, by the poorly developed dark lateral stripe of males. Can be further diagnosed by the following combination of characters: large body size (largest specimen examined 19.2 mm

SL); body surface dorsal to dark lateral stripe with light scattering of melanophores in preserved males; absence of secondary lateral stripe in preserved males; absence of reticulate pattern along dorsal body surface; presence of enlarged scales next to window in body musculature; complete covering of scales on caudal peduncle (Ref. 8880).

Description: Dorsal-fin ray ii.6.i; anal-fin ray iii.6; pectoral-fin ray i.6.ii; pelvic-fin ray i.5.i (Ref. 88800).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Sundadanio goblinus

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
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
preanal 15 - 15
total 35 - 36


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total 9 - 9
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes forked

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total 9 - 9

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Soft-rays   9 - 9
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    abdominal  before origin of D1
Soft-rays   7 - 7
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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