Morphology Data of Alburnus battalgilae
Identification keys
Main Ref. Özuluǧ, M. and J. Freyhof, 2007
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 fusiform / normal
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

Differs from other species of shemayas in Europe and Asian Black Sea basin by the combination of the following characters: origin of anal fin ½ scale behind dorsal-fin base; anal fin with 12-14½ branched rays; gill rakers 27-32; lateral line scales 53-61 + 4; circumpeduncular scales 16-18; ventral keel exposed for 8-12 scales in front of anus; head length 23-25% SL, 0.8-1.0 times in body depth at dorsal-fin origin; predorsal length 54-57% SL; caudal peduncle depth 9-10% SL, 1.9-2.5 times in its length; caudal peduncle length 18-22% SL; eye diameter 5.3-6.6% SL, 1.2-1.4 times in interorbital distance; body depth at dorsal-fin origin 19-23% SL; faint, dark lateral stripe on body; and presence of numerous, small tubercles in nuptial males (Ref. 78144).

Description: dorsal fin with 8½ branched rays (Ref. 75106).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Alburnus battalgilae

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales 53 - 61
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line 9.5 - 9.5
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle 16 - 18
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
total 26 - 32


Dorsal fin(s)

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

Caudal fin

Attributes forked

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Soft-rays   16 - 17
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    abdominal  before origin of D1
Soft-rays   9 - 10
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Torres, Armi G.
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