Morphology Data of Glyptothorax elankadensis
Identification keys
Main Ref. Plamoottil, M. and N.P. Abraham, 2013
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 oval
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

This medium sized species is distinguished by the following characters: tips of all the fins yellow; 3 narrow yellow bands, one mid dorsal and others mid lateral on longitudinal axis of body; 2 small yellowish round spots on dorsal side, downwards and backwards from dorsal fin origin; a round yellowish spot in between eyes; median fontanel on the dorsal side of the head very faint and indistinct; occipital process does not reach basal bone of dorsal fin; eyes very minute; blue colored,

nearly circular, level to the surface of head or a little bulging and are located behind and above the angle of jaws; inferior mouth; thoracic apparatus longer than broad, with an elongated groove in the middle of it; rayed dorsal is shorter than head and pectoral, but longer than pelvic and anal, the base is longer than pectoral and pelvic but shorter than anal; first ray of pectoral and last undivided ray of dorsal fin are serrated on inner side, none of the fins touch each other; ventral surface of anterior region of head papillated; body finely granulated; head length 4.2, body depth at dorsal fin origin 5.9 in standard length; eye diameter 17.1; head width 1.1, head depth 1.6, width of gape of mouth 2.6 in head length (Ref. 93434).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Glyptothorax elankadensis

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
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
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total 4 - 6
Adipose fin

Caudal fin

Attributes forked

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total 7 - 10

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   8 - 10
Pelvics Attributes  
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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