Morphology Data of Systomus chryseus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Plamoottil, M., 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
Type of scales

This species is distinguished from its congeners by the following characters: an unusually elongated body, with body depth at dorsal fin origin 25.0- 28.6 in percent of standard length; flanks with a golden to yellowish golden color while the pectoral, pelvic and anal fins are orange red; pectoral fin long, its tip reaches origin of ventral fin; dorsal fin inserted a little behind ventral origin and nearer to snout tip than to caudal base; lateral line scales 29- 30 and pre-dorsal scales 11 (Ref. 104747).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Systomus chryseus

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 29 - 30
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle 7 - 7
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
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes forked

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

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