Morphology Data of Acheilognathus striatus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Yang, Q., B. Xiong, Q. Tang and H. Liu, 2010
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors
Remarks During breeding season, males have distinct nuptial colours. The body is whitish with the edge of chest, caudal peduncle and pectoral fin brown; dorsal and anal fin margined with a black band while the inner part is marked with a transverse red row. Females have a developed ovipositor in the breeding season.

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features
Body shape lateral elongated
Cross section compressed
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth sub-terminal/inferior
Type of scales

The new species can be distinguished from all congeners by the following combined characters: a pair of relatively long barbels, slightly longer than half of eye diameter (barbels 59.8–67.2% of eye diameter); dorsal fin with three simple and 8 (54*)-9 (3) branched fin rays, anal fin with three simple and 7 (7)-8 (50*) branched fin rays; a black longitudinal stripe on body from the base of caudal peduncle, distinctly reaching anteriorly to the vertical line from the origin of dorsal fin, broader in males than in females; a scale distance between the longitudinal stripe and lateral line below the origin of dorsal fin; dorsal and anal fin margined with black band in males (Ref. 84025).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Acheilognathus striatus

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)

Fins number
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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