Morphology Data of Micropterus tallapoosae
Identification keys
Main Ref. Baker, W.H., R.E. Blanton and C.E. Johnston, 2013
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

A member of Micropterus coosae species group that is a distinct genetic lineage and differs from all members of the group except M. chattahoochae, by having larger scales (mean 2.9% SL vs. 2.7% or less), 63-67 lateral-line scales (vs. 68-74), 26-28 scales around the caudal peduncle (vs. 29-32), 89-98 lateral-line scales plus scales around the caudal peduncle (vs. 96 or more), and 10-13 vertical bars with the 6-12 long (extending well below body midline) vertical bars along the midline of the body, anteriorly, followed by 2-5 vertically elongate spots along the midline, posteriorly; from all species except M. cahabae, by lacking orange or red pigments on fin rays (fin rays green or yellow-green); from M. chattahoochae by a narrower postfrontal width 11.2% SL (vs. 11.8%); further distinguished from M. chattahoochae, and M. cf. coosae (Savannah River) by smaller tooth patch (less than 1.0 mm in 55%, absent in 25% of individuals examined vs. 1.0 mm or greater in 66.7% or more, absent in 0.0%-9.0%); and from M. warriorensis by more often having a tooth patch (absent in 25% vs. 83%) (Ref. 93229).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Micropterus tallapoosae

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 63 - 70
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line 6 - 8
Scale rows below lateral line 9 - 13
Scales around caudal peduncle 26 - 30
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 10 - 10
Soft-rays total 11 - 13
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes more or less truncate

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 10 - 11

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Soft-rays   14 - 17
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    thoracic  before origin of D1
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Torres, Armi G.
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