Morphology Data of Schistura obliquofascia
Identification keys
Main Ref. Lokeshwor, Y., A. Barat, J. Sati, A. Darshan, W. Vishwanath and P.C. Mahanta, 2012
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors
Remarks Females are smaller with body bars well separated; width of bars almost equal to interspaces. Males have dorsal surface of body much darker than in females, bars coalesce on back; fewer and broader predorsal bars; pectoral fin slightly longer than in females.

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

Diagnosed from congeners in having a unique combination of the following characters: body with 12-14 obliquely arranged olivaceous dark bars; lateral line complete with 104-112 pores; dorsal fin with 3-4 simple and 8½ branched rays, marked with irregularly arranged black spots; caudal fin with 8+8 branched rays, slightly emarginated, lobes equal in length; dorsal adipose crest prominent; preorperculo-mandibular canal with 10-11 pores; absence of suborbital flap. (Ref. 93048).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Schistura obliquofascia

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales 104 - 112
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)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total 12 - 13
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes more or less truncate

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total 9 - 9

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.
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