Morphology Data of Schistura bucculenta
Identification keys
Main Ref. Kottelat, M., 1990
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

A member of the group of species with complete or nearly complete lateral line, 8 1/2 branched dorsal rays, 9+8 branched caudal rays and no sexual dimorphism. It can be distinguished by its complete lateral line and inflated cheeks (Ref. 39226). Absence or small median notch in upper lip; head length 3.7-4.0 times in SL; body depth 5.7-6.1 times in SL; caudal peduncle with a low adipose keel, length 6.4-6.8 times in SL, depth 7.4-8.1 times in SL, 1.1-1.3 times in length (for individuals 5-7 cm SL); top of head vermiculated; body with 9-13 bars, slightly wider than interspaces, somewhat irregularly set, continuous across back; black bar at caudal base usually complete, sometimes not reaching ventral mid-line, bent forwards at upper extremity; dorsal base with a black spot anteriorly, followed by orange patch and a low elongate grey blotch (Ref. 43281).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Schistura bucculenta

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 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total 12 - 12
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes more or less truncate; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total 8 - 8

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Soft-rays   11 - 11
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    abdominal  behind origin of D1
Soft-rays   8 - 8
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Torres, Armi G.
Modified by Torres, Armi G.
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