Morphology Data of Telestes croaticus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Kottelat, M. and J. Freyhof, 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 sub-terminal/inferior
Type of scales

Diagnosed from its congeners by having the following characters: dorsal fin with 7½ branched rays; anal fin usually with 8½ (rarely 7½) branched rays; posterior margin of dorsal and anal fins markedly rounded; snout stout, markedly rounded, mouth almost or clearly subterminal; skin not thickened, scales clearly visible, covering whole body, often narrowly to widely separated, especially in pre-pelvic area; scales very thin, not overlapping; lateral line usually ending above anal fin, usually slightly interrupted, usually with 51-70 pored scales; and broad dark midlateral stripe from eye to end of caudal peduncle within pigmented area on back and flank (Ref. 59043).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Telestes croaticus

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 51 - 70
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
total 8 - 10
preanal 22 - 23
total 39 - 39


Dorsal fin(s)

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

Caudal fin

Attributes forked

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
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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