Morphology Data of Schistura quaesita
Identification keys
Main Ref. Kottelat, M., 2000
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 sub-terminal/inferior
Type of scales

Anterior nostril pierced on front side of a flap; processus dentiformis present; no median notch in upper lip, lower lip with median interruption; no median notch in lower jaw; caudal peduncle with elevated dorsal and ventral keels on posterior extremity, length 15.4 %SL, depth 9.4 %SL, 1.64 times in length; body depth 15.8 %SL; snout length 11.3 %SL, 49 % dorsal HL, eye diameter 5.5 %SL, 24 %HL; lateral line complete; anus about 1-2 eye diameters in front of anal-fin origin; 8.5 branched dorsal-fin rays; 5.5 branched anal-fin rays; caudal fin emarginate, with 9+8 branched rays; axillary pelvic lobe present; body with 8 broad bars, much wider than interspaces, except on caudal peduncle where interspaces are wider, irregularly shaped, the anterior ones not very distinct; 13 irregular black dots along lateral line, last one largest, immediately anterior to caudal-fin base; black bar at caudal-fin base complete but faint, except for conspicuous black vertically-elongate blotch occupying median half of fin base; dorsal-fin base with a small black blotch anteriorly, followed by a hyaline patch and a low faint grey elongate blotch (Ref. 36949).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Schistura quaesita

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 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes forked; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Soft-rays   10 - 13
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    abdominal  behind origin of D1
Soft-rays   7 - 8
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Boden, Gert
Modified by Torres, Armi G.
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