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Morphology Data of Sundadanio atomus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Conway, K.W., M. Kottelat and H.H. Tan, 2011
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
Type of scales

Distinguished from all its congeners, except Sundadanio axelrodiand Sundadanio goblinus, by having weakly developed dark lateral stripe. Differs from Sundadanio axelrodi by its caudal peduncle with a complete covering of overlapping scales (vs. caudal peduncle devoid of scales or with few small, widely spaced scales situated along horizontal septum) and from Sundadanio goblinus by the absence (vs. presence)

of intense dusky markings on the dorsal and caudal fins. Can be further diagnosed by the following combination of characters: small adult body size (largest specimen examined 15.7 mm SL); blue to emerald green sheen (this depends on angle of incident light and perception) across dorsal body surface and an intense red colour across anterior portion of anal fin in live males; absence of secondary lateral stripe in males; absence of reticulate pattern along dorsal body surface; scales posterior to window in body musculature and anterior to anal-fin origin with a single small tubercle at center (Ref. 88800).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Sundadanio atomus

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
preanal 14 - 15
total 34 - 35


Dorsal fin(s)

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

Caudal fin

Attributes forked

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total 9 - 10

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Soft-rays   9 - 9
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    abdominal  before origin of D1
Soft-rays   7 - 7
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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