Morphology Data of Nemacheilus stigmofasciatus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Arunachalam, M. and M. Muralidharan, 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
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

Distinguished from the other two peninsular Indian species N. anguilla and N. monilis by its colouration and a set of morphometric characters. The species differs in having a lateral line that extends to the pelvic fin base below (vs. reaching up to anal fin in N. anguilla and complete in N. monilis), shorter snout length (35.9-39.4% HL vs 46.8% HL in N. anguilla and 40.5-48.1% HL in N. monilis), bigger eye (28.1-31.3% HL vs 23.0% HL in N. anguilla and 15.9-19.9% HL in N. monilis), caudal peduncle shorter than N. anguilla (12.4-13.1% SL vs 15.5% SL) and shallower than N. monilis (9.5-10.2% SL vs 12.0-14.5% SL). Vent to anal distance is reduced compared to N. anguilla (29.7-34.5% vs 40.6% Pelvic to anal distance) and greater than N. monilis (29.7-34.5% vs 16.9-25.9% Pelvic to anal distance). Notable colour variations are the lesser number of bands on dorsal (back) 11-13 (vs 19-20 in N. anguilla and N. monilis), 6-8 blotches evently spaced along the lateral line (vs. band formed of coalescing blotches extending to caudal base in N. anguilla and monoliform band in N. monilis (Ref. 80640).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Nemacheilus stigmofasciatus

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
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


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 )
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