Morphology Data of Garra tashanensis
Identification keys
Main Ref. Mousavi-Sabet, H., S. Vatandoust, Y. Fatemi and S. Eagderi, 2016
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 eyes absent
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

Garra tashanensis is distinguished from all other congeners by the absence of pigment and eyes (vs. presence of eyes and pigments in all epigean species), by having a round mental disc (vs. absence of mental disc in G. typhlops; elliptical mental disc in G. lorestanensis), two pairs of barbels (vs. three pairs of barbels in the subterranean loaches, E. smithi and E. proudlovei; and one pair of barbels in G. variabilis), rostral cap well-developed (rostral cap poorly developed in G. lorestanensis), and rare scales on anterior body (vs. body fully covered by scales or scales restricted to lateral midline in G. widdowsoni; naked body in G. lorestanensis) (Ref. 115529).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Garra tashanensis

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 4
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
Soft-rays total 10 - 10
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   13 - 15
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    abdominal  behind origin of D1
Soft-rays   7 - 8
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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