Morphology Data of Barbus lacerta
Identification keys
Main Ref. Khaefi, R., H.R. Esmaeili, M.F. Geiger and S. Eagderi, 2017
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

Barbus lacerta is distinguished from other members of the Barbus lacerta group by having almost triangular gular region (vs. rectangular in other members of the B. lacerta group) and almost a longer anal fin; tip of the anal fin, when pressed to the body, reaches beyond the middle of the distance between the base of the last anal-fin ray and the lower caudal-fin origin, often to the caudal-fin base (vs. not reaching to middle of the distance); 0-3 (mode 2) scale rows between the tip of the anal fin and the base of the caudal fin (vs. 3-6, mode 5). It also differs from B. cyri by having a straight posterior anal-fin margin (vs. convex) and a narrow upper lip (its width 4-6 %HL vs. 7-9 % HL). Additional diagnostic characters include the following: long snout, its length 46-56% of body depth at dorsal-fin origin; eye diameter 2.5-3.1 times in snout length; 52-66+2-4 total scales along the lateral line; 35-48 (mode 39) predorsal scales; 25-32 (mode 28) circumpeduncular scales; length of caudal peduncle 1.7-2.0 times longer than depth; 60-70% of posterior margin of last unbranched dorsal-fin ray covered with denticles and median pad at lower lip small (Ref. 115584).

Description: Dorsal fin with 3-4 unbranched rays and 7-8 branched rays; anal fin with 3-4 unbranched rays and 5-6 branched rays (Ref. 115584).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Barbus lacerta

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 56 - 67
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line 11 - 15
Scale rows below lateral line 10 - 13
Scales around caudal peduncle 25 - 32
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
total 9 - 10


Dorsal fin(s)

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

Caudal fin

Attributes forked

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Soft-rays   14 - 18
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    abdominal  behind origin of D1
Soft-rays   8 - 10
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Pablico, Grace Tolentino
Modified by Torres, Armi G.
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