Morphology Data of Barbus niluferensis
Identification keys
Main Ref. Turan, D., M. Kottelat and F. Güler Ekmekçi, 2009
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 compressed
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

This species is distinguished from its congeners in Turkey and the Aegean basin by possessing a less strongly ossified last simple dorsal-fin ray and with fewer serrae along the proximal part of its posterior margin (serrated along 49-52 % of its length, vs. 56-77; 15-17 serrae, vs. 18-32) and having fewer gill rakers on the first gill arch (6-8, modally 8, vs. 7-14, modally 9-11 in the different species). It is further distinct with the following characters (none unique to the species): a small size (largest known specimen 14.6 cm SL); a short caudal fin (15.7-20.4 % SL); large and many irregular black spots on the back, as well as on the fins and flank, and small black spots on the head, extending downwards to the cheek; fleshy lips; lateral line scales 62-71; scale rows between the lateral line and the dorsal-fin origin 13-15 and between the lateral line and the anal-fin origin 8-10; last simple dorsal-fin ray weakly ossified; body depth at dorsal-fin origin 17.2-22.4 % SL; head length 23.3-25.7 % SL (Ref. 80049).

Description: D 4 simple and 8.5 branched rays; A 3 simple and 16-18 branched rays; V 1 simple and 8 branched rays.

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Barbus niluferensis

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 62 - 71
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line 13 - 15
Scale rows below lateral line 8 - 11
Scales around caudal peduncle
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb 4 - 5
on upper limb 2 - 3
total 6 - 8
total 43 - 44


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total
Adipose fin

Caudal fin

Attributes forked

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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