Morphology Data of Brachyrhaphis olomina
Identification keys
Main Ref. Bussing, W.A., 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 elongated
Cross section oval
Dorsal head profile clearly convex
Type of eyes more or less normal
Type of mouth/snout more or less normal
Position of mouth sub-terminal/inferior

The 10 dark bars on the sides of the body are more pronounced in males. The population in the headwaters of Río Virilla near Santa Ana and Villa Colón are larger and most individuals lack the vertical bars. Interradial membranes on the base of the dorsal fin and the rays are jet black; distal half of the fin yellowish or orange and the margin is black in both sexes. Anal fin is yellow or yellow-orange and has a black blotch from the base to the tip of the fin. Pelvic fins yellowish and caudal distal margin often brilliant yellow (Ref. 36880).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Brachyrhaphis olomina

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


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total
Adipose fin

Caudal fin

Attributes more or less truncate; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Pelvics Attributes  rays very elongated
Position    abdominal  before origin of D1
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
Modified by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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