Morphology Data of Serrasalmus odyssei
Identification keys
Main Ref. Hubert, N. and J.F. Renno, 2010
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 short and / or deep
Cross section compressed
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth

This species is distinguished from its congener in the Upper Amazon by the following set of characters: short supraoccipital spine 0.13-0.17% of SL (vs. typical range between 0.17-0.22% of SL in Serrasalmus but sometimes reaching 0.15 and 0.16 in S. hollandi and S. altispinnis); shallow body 0.45-0.57% of SL (vs. typical body height 0.50-0.62% in Serrasalmus); short dorsal fin, between 0.18-0.20% of SL and 13-15 branched rays (vs. 0.19-0.24% of SL in Serrasalmus); short anal fin, typical 0.32-0.37% of SL with 28-33 branched rays, but overlapping sometimes with other Serrasalmus); adipose fin located on the very posterior part of the body and distant from the dorsal fin end, typically R15 ranging between 0.19-0.22% of SL, but overlapping with other Serrasalmus with R15 ranging between 0.17-0.21% of SL); low number of scales between the lateral line and the dorsal fin, 23.5-29.5 (vs. 28.5-36.5 in other Serrasalmus); an intermediate number of prepelvic serrae 20-24 (Ref. 85594).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Serrasalmus odyssei

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 72 - 84
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line 23.5 - 29.5
Scale rows below lateral line 22.5 - 29.5
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 13 - 15
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total 28 - 33

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   9 - 13
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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