Morphology Data of Chanos chanos
Identification keys
Abnormalities
Main Ref. Schuster, W.H., 1960
Appearance refers to Male; Female
Bones in OsteoBase Skull, Spine

Sex attributes

Specialized organs no special organs
Different appearance males alike females
Different colors males alike females
Remarks

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features none
Body shape lateral elongated
Cross section oval
Dorsal head profile more or less straight
Type of eyes more or less normal
Type of mouth/snout more or less normal
Position of mouth terminal
Type of scales cycloid scales
Diagnosis

This species is characterized by the following: body elongate and somewhat compressed; mouth small and toothless; single dorsal about mid-level of the body; pectoral fins falcate; caudal fin large and deeply forked; no scutes on belly; branchiostegal rays 4. Colour of the body olive green dorsally; flanks silvery; unpaired fins with dark margins (Ref. 49, 117228).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Chanos chanos

Lateral Lines 1 Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 75 - 85
Pored lateral line scales 75 - 91
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle 5 - 7
Barbels 0
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only) absent
Gill rakers
on lower limb 107 - 165
on upper limb 147 - 160
total 254 - 325
Vertebrae
preanal
total 46 - 46

Fins

Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   0 - 0
Ventral  0 - 0
Spines total 2 - 2
Soft-rays total 13 - 17
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes forked; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 2 - 2
Soft-rays total 8 - 10

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Spines     1
Soft-rays   15 - 17
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    thoracic  before origin of D1
Spines     1
Soft-rays   10 - 12
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Froese, Rainer
Modified by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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