Morphology Data of Dawkinsia tambraparniei
Identification keys
Main Ref. Pethiyagoda, R. and M. Kottelat, 2005
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features none
Body shape lateral fusiform / normal
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes more or less normal
Type of mouth/snout other (see remarks)
Position of mouth sub-terminal/inferior
Type of scales

Adults differ from Puntius filamentosus, P. singhala and P. assimilis by having prominent black markings on body anterior to the anal-fin origin. Distinguished from P. exclamatio by lacking a horizontally-elongate, tear-shaped black blotch above the anal fin. Differs from P. srilakensis by possessing lower lip entire (vs. medially absent). Distinguished from P. arulius by having branched dorsal rays elongated into filaments in adult males (vs. dorsal fin concave and emarginate) and by having a pair of maxillary barbels 2.4-4.7% of SL (vs. <0.5%) (Ref. 55036).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Dawkinsia tambraparniei

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 19 - 23
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 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 8 - 9
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes forked

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total 2 - 2
Soft-rays total 5 - 5

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   13 - 14
Pelvics Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   8 - 8
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Pablico, Grace Tolentino
Modified by Torres, Armi G.
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