Morphology Data of Guianacara cuyunii
Identification keys
Main Ref. López-Fernández, H., D.C. Taphorn Baechle and S. Kullander, 2006
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

Guianacara cuyunii belongs to the subgenus Guianacara and it differs from G. oelemariensis (subgenus Oelemaria) by having 2 supraneurals instead of one and by possessing a uniformly dark midlateral bar, in contrast with a midlateral spot. It can be distinguished from G. stergiosi, G. geayi and G. sphenozona in having a thinner midlateral bar which is three scales at its widest point, gradually thinning to two scales below the lateral line (vs. midlateral bar four scales at its widest and is never thinned to less than three scales). Adult G. cuyunii retain the black coloration in the membranes of the anterior three dorsal spines (lost in adults of G. sphenozona and G. geayi). It is distinguished from G. owroewefi by its thinner, never faint midlateral bar. Furthermore, G. cuyunii can be distinguished from G. stergiosi, G. owroewefi, and G. sphenozona by having a pectoral fin that does not reach the base of the anal fin and a branchiostegal membrane of background body color instead of dusky (Ref. 57436).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Guianacara cuyunii

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


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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