Morphology Data of Ponticola turani
Identification keys
Main Ref. Kovačić, M. and S. Engín, 2008
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 compressed
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

This species is characterized by the following features: nape completely covered with cycloid scales; width of head 1.5-1.6 depth; interorbit 0.3-0.5 eye diameter; angle of jaws ending below the pupil; snout 1.4-1.5 orbit of eye; upper lip 0.7-0.8 lateral preorbital area; length of pelvic 0.7-0.8 abdomen length; anterior membrane with lateral lobes 0.4-0.5 width of the rear edge; depth of caudal peduncle 0.5-0.7 own length; 2 suborbital transverse rows below row b; suborbital transverse rows 1, 2, and 3 begin more distant from orbit than row 4; D1 V-VI; D2 I/17-19; A I/13; P 19 (Ref. 75708).

Description: Body moderately elongate, laterally compressed at caudal peduncle. Head large, depressed, wider than deep. Snout longer than eye, with gently oblique profile. Anterior nostril short, flared; posterior nostril with raised rim. Eyes of moderate size, around 1/5 of head length, with relatively narrow interorbital space. Mouth large, angle of jaws ending below anterior edge of eye. Upper lip not expanded or slightly expanded toward angle of jaws. Branchiostegal membrane attached along entire lateral margin of isthmus from immediately anterior to pectoral margin. Dentary with enlarged conical teeth in outermost and innermost rows, irregular rows of smaller teeth in-between (Ref. 75708).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Ponticola turani

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 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 6 - 7
Soft-rays total 17 - 19
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 1 - 1
Soft-rays total 13 - 13

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     0
Soft-rays   19 - 19
Pelvics Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Busson, Frédéric
Modified by Reyes, Rodolfo B.
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