Morphology Data of Metzia lineata
Identification keys
Main Ref. Lu, K., 1991
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

Body covered by middle sized round scale. Short dorsal fin, starts from the end point of pelvic fin. Black gray in the back, silver white in the stomach. Black spots in the base of each scale, forming several gray strips vertically (Ref. 33303). Keel on belly between pelvic fin origin and anal fin origin; several faint longitudinal stripes along scale rows (Ref. 43281).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Metzia lineata

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 34 - 38
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line 7.5 - 8.5
Scale rows below lateral line 3.5 - 4.5
Scales around caudal peduncle 13 - 13
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
total 10 - 12


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 2 - 2
Soft-rays total 7 - 7
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes forked; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 14 - 18

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Spines     1
Soft-rays   13 - 13
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    abdominal  before origin of D1
Spines     1
Soft-rays   6 - 7
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Mao, Dazhi
Modified by Froese, Rainer
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