Morphology Data of Paraschistura nielseni
Identification keys
Main Ref. Nalbant, T.T. and P.G. Bianco, 1998
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
Type of scales

Paraschistura nielseni can be diagnosed from its congeners in Iran by a combination of non-unique characters. It differs from P. bampurensis by the presence of a suborbital groove in males (vs. presence of a suborbital flap), 6-11 dark-or pale-brown or grey bars (vs. 11-18), wider than interspaces (vs. usually narrower than interspaces), regularly set and shaped (vs. usually irregularly set and shaped) and a blunt snout (vs. pointed); from P. cristata by the absence of a dorsal adipose crest (vs. presence), the presence of a suborbital groove in males (vs. absence) and an incomplete lateral line (vs. complete); from P. kessleri by having 6-11 dark- or pale-brown or grey, irregularly set and shaped bars (vs. 10-12 bars, regularly shaped and set) and the flank and the back covered by scales (vs. scaleless). The following additional characters are useful to distinguish P. nielseni: a very deep body (body depth at dorsal-fin origin 15-17 % SL); usually dorsal fin with 7 1/2 branched rays; spot at the base of first dorsal-fin rays faint; pelvic fin reaching to about 1-2 eye diameters in front of anus (Ref. 103390).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Paraschistura nielseni

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)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 2 - 2
Soft-rays total 7 - 7
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes more or less truncate; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total 2 - 2
Soft-rays total 5 - 5

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Spines     1
Soft-rays   9 - 9
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    abdominal  behind origin of D1
Spines     1
Soft-rays   7 - 7
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Torres, Armi G.
Modified by Torres, Armi G.
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