Morphology Data of Puntius viridis
Identification keys
Main Ref. Plamoottil, M. and N.P. Abraham, 2014
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
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth terminal
Type of scales

Distinguished from other species by having the following combination of characters: terminal mouth; protrusible mouth; 8 branched rays on dorsal fin; 5 branched rays on anal fin; 8 anal-fin rays; 10-12 pre-anal scales; 9 pre-dorsal scales; 3 1/2 scales between lateral line and anal fin; 4 1/2- 5 1/2 scales between lateral line and dorsal fin; 9-10 circumpeduncular scales; a black band present outer to operculum; a black botch present in front of occiput; absence of spot on the dorsal-fin base; a row of black spots in the middle of dorsal fin; a deep black caudal spot; green dorsal and caudal fin; body depth at dorsal origin 31.5-33.8% SL; snout length 22.7-31.8% in HL; eye diameter 26.1-31.6% HL; head depth 68.2-80.0% HL; head length 26.4-31.1% SL; caudal peduncle length 16.3-17.8% SL (Ref. 94758).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Puntius viridis

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 25 - 26
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line 4.5 - 5.5
Scale rows below lateral line 3.5 - 3.5
Scales around caudal peduncle 9 - 10
Barbels 2
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total 11 - 11
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes forked

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total 8 - 8

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Soft-rays   15 - 15
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    abdominal
Soft-rays   9 - 9
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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