Morphology Data of Alburnoides maculatus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Bogutskaya, N.G. and B.W. Coad, 2009
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
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

Diagnosed by having the following combination of characters: pointed caudal fin lobes; clearly forked caudal fins; ventral keel commonly without scales, very rarely scaled up to ½ of its length; head triangular-shaped, elongated; snout clearly pointed though the upper jaw is protruding over the lower jaw, and the tip of the mouth cleft is on the level of the lower margin of pupil or slightly below it; 48-56 (57,58) total lateral line scales; 9-10 scales above lateral line, 4 scales below lateral line; 6-9 gill rakers; pharyngeal teeth commonly 2.5-4.2 (if there are other variants then always four teeth in the longer row of the right ceratobranchial); 40-42 total vertebrae, with a mode of 41; (12)13-14 predorsal vertebrae, with a mode of 13; 20-22 abdominal vertebrae, with a mode of 21, and 19-21 caudal vertebrae, with a mode of 20; the caudal region is always shorter than or equal to the abdominal region, and the difference between the abdominal and caudal numbers is from +3 to 0 with a mode of +1; the most common vertebral formula is 21+20; scales on sides of body with black spots that also outline lateral line; pectoral fin rays 1/13-14, ventral fin rays 1/7, dorsal-fin rays 3/8, branched dorsal-fin rays (7)8(9)½; anal-fin rays 3/11-14; branched anal-fin rays 11-14½, with a mode of 12½ (Ref. 82592).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Alburnoides maculatus

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 44 - 49
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line 9 - 10
Scale rows below lateral line 4 - 4
Scales around caudal peduncle
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
total 6 - 9
total 40 - 42


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total 11 - 11
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes forked

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total 14 - 17

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Soft-rays   14 - 15
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    abdominal  before origin of D1
Soft-rays   8 - 8
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Torres, Armi G.
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