Morphology Data of Macropodus ocellatus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Freyhof, J. and F. Herder, 2002
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features none
Body shape lateral short and / or deep
Cross section compressed
Dorsal head profile clearly convex
Type of eyes more or less normal
Type of mouth/snout more or less normal
Position of mouth terminal
Type of scales

Caudal fin rounded; lower margin of preorbital weakly serrated, embedded under skin (Ref. 559). Stripe crossing eye not connecting spot on posterior projection of opercle with eye; posterior dorsal-fin rays filamentous behind vertical of posterior anal-fin rays in adults; 6-13 gill rakers on ceratobranchial of first arch; posterior tip of margin of scales on body not darker than scales (Ref. 42924).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Macropodus ocellatus

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 26 - 31
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle 15 - 17
Barbels 0
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
total 6 - 13
total 27 - 29


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   0 - 0
Ventral  0 - 0
Spines total 12 - 19
Soft-rays total 5 - 9
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes more or less truncate; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 15 - 20
Soft-rays total 7 - 15

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Spines     0
Soft-rays   9 - 12
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    thoracic  before origin of D1
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Reyes, Rodolfo B.
Modified by Torres, Armi G.
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