Morphology Data of Cobitis crassicauda
Identification keys
Main Ref. Chen, Y.-X. and Y.-F. Chen, 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 elongated
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth sub-terminal/inferior
Type of scales

This species can be diagnosed from all congeners by having the following combination of characters: two stripe above lateral line, exceeding posteriorly the length of pectoral fins, and then scattered cloudly speckles between dorsal blotches and latera spots; 10-13 elongated oval blotches along midlateral line of body; one distintict black elongated or semicircular spot at the base of the caudal fin; slender and long needle-shaped lamina circularis in males; scales slightly elongated, with small focal area; caudal pedunce depth 1.1-1.2 (mean 1.1) times of its length in females and 1.1 in males; 4+37-38+1 vertebrae (Ref. 95089).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Cobitis crassicauda

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
Barbels 6
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 7 - 7
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes more or less truncate

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 5 - 5

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Spines     1
Soft-rays   8 - 8
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    abdominal  behind origin of D1
Spines     2
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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