Morphology Data of Dicentrarchus labrax
Identification keys
Abnormalities
Main Ref. Fischer, W., M.-L. Bauchot and M. Schneider (eds.), 1987
Appearance refers to
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 fusiform / normal
Cross section
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

Diagnosis: head with cycloid scales above; mouth moderately protractile (Ref. 231). Vomerine teeth only anteriorly (Ref. 231), in a crescentic band (Ref. 231, 57391). Scales on interorbital space cycloid (Ref. 57391). Posterior edge of opercle finely serrated, lower edge with strong forward- directed denticles (Ref. 231). 2 flat opercular spines (Ref. 231, 57391). Young with some dark spots on upper part of body (Ref. 231).

Description: elongate fish with 2 separate dorsal fins and a rather deep caudal peduncle; lower preopercular margin with large, forward-pointing spines; vomerine teeth patch not extending to midline of palate; caudal fin moderately forked; scales small, those on interorbital space cycloid (Ref. 57391).

Coloration: back silvery to greyish-blue, sides silvery, belly sometimes tinged with yellow; young individuals may have some black markings, particularly on back but these disappear in adults; a diffuse black spot at upper angle of opercle (Ref. 57391).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Dicentrarchus labrax

Lateral Lines 1 Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 62 - 80
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle
Barbels 0
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only) absent
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
total
Vertebrae
preanal
total

Fins

Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   0 - 0
Ventral  0 - 0
Spines total 8 - 10
Soft-rays total 12 - 13
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes forked; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 10 - 12

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Spines     
Soft-rays   
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    thoracic  before origin of D1
Spines     
Soft-rays   
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Luna, Susan M.
Modified by Musschoot, Tobias
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