Morphology Data of Melanotaenia veoliae
Identification keys
Main Ref. Kadarusman, R.K. Hadiaty, G. Segura, G. Setiawibawa, D. Caruso and L. Pouyaud, 2012
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors
Remarks Overall color of females is similar but paler than males. Mature males have deeper body than females and have a more elongate and pointed shape. posteriorly on the soft dorsal and anal fins

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 cycloid scales

Can be diagnosed from all congeners in Bomberai Peninsula and Bird’s Neck region by the combination of the following characters: dorsal fin with IV to V-I,12 to 13 rays; anal fin with I,22-27 rays; 34-37 lateral scales; 10-11 transverse scales; 17-18 predorsal scales; 12-14 cheek scales; 18-20 gillrakers; snout length 8.0-9.1% of SL; interorbital width 9.0-9.5% of SL; eye diameter 6.3-7.9% of SL; caudal peduncle length 16.5-17.7% of SL; predorsal length 49.5-52.1% of SL; prepelvic length 36.9-38.0% of SL; preanal length 47.4-49.3% of SL; and spine length of the anal fin 9.1-11.3% of SL (Ref. 91054).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Melanotaenia veoliae

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 34 - 37
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
total 18 - 20


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 14 - 5
Soft-rays total 12 - 13
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes forked

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total 1 - 1
Soft-rays total 22 - 27

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Soft-rays   12 - 13
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    abdominal  before origin of D1
Spines     1
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Torres, Armi G.
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