Morphology Data of Squalius malacitanus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Doadrio, I. and J.A. Carmona, 2006
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 by the following combination of characters: 7 or 8 branched rays in the dorsal fin; 8 branched rays in the anal fin; 2 rows of pharyngeal teeth on both sides with 2 and 5 teeth, respectively; low caudal peduncle; 10 gill rakers; lateral line scales 41; scale rows above lateral line 7.6; 3 scale rows below lateral line; 38 vertebrae, 21 abdominal and 17 caudal vertebrae; large fourth and fifth infraorbital bones; maxilla without pointed anterior process, middle part of the frontal bone narrow; narrow neurocranium bone; the lower branched of the pharyngeal bone is long and delicate; inferior lamina of the urohyal bone is short and wide (Ref. 72459).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Squalius malacitanus

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 39 - 43
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line 7 - 8
Scale rows below lateral line 3 - 3
Scales around caudal peduncle
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
total 9 - 11


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 2 - 3
Soft-rays total 7 - 9
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes forked

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total 2 - 3
Soft-rays total 7 - 8

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   14 - 14
Pelvics Attributes  
Position    before origin of D1
Spines     2
Soft-rays   7 - 7
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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