Vertebral counts in Laubuka tenella and comparative material of Laubuka. 

Vertebral counts in Laubuka tenella and comparative material of Laubuka. 

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Laubuka tenella is a new species characterized by the colour pattern, consisting of short dark vertical bars anteriorly on the side, and a dark lateral band posteriorly on the side, combined with a relatively short pelvic fin and 29–30 lateral-line scales. It is separated from other Laubuka analysed by minimum 9 % uncorrected p -distance in the mit...

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... count of 14 was probably based on Pethiyagoda et al. (2008) who reported 14 precaudal vertebrae in Laubuka as diagnostic from Chela cachius with 17. Our specimens of Laubuka possess 15 or 16 vertebrae anterior to that with the first distinct haemal spine (Table 3). Typi- cally, vertebrae 5 -14 bear ribs, vertebrae 15 is a short transitional vertebra without ribs or distinct haemal spine, vertebra 16 presents a haemal spine, and vertebra 17 has a haemal spine inserted posterior to the ascending first anal-fin pterygiophore (Fig. 8) There are no major differences in vertebral counts between species of Laubuka, as also suggested by preliminary data from a few species (Table 3). ...
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... specimens of Laubuka possess 15 or 16 vertebrae anterior to that with the first distinct haemal spine (Table 3). Typi- cally, vertebrae 5 -14 bear ribs, vertebrae 15 is a short transitional vertebra without ribs or distinct haemal spine, vertebra 16 presents a haemal spine, and vertebra 17 has a haemal spine inserted posterior to the ascending first anal-fin pterygiophore (Fig. 8) There are no major differences in vertebral counts between species of Laubuka, as also suggested by preliminary data from a few species (Table 3). ...

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