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Table 2 Morphometric and meristic measurements of preserved specimen of Desmodema polystictum (Ogilby, 1897) at the museum of the National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA), Sri Lanka, compared with the measurements of Zacharia and Kannan 2012

From: DNA barcoding confirms the first record of a Desmodema polystictum (Ogilby, 1898) egg and all-time high adult catches in the Indian Ocean

CharactersMeasurements (cm)Ratios
Morphometric counts Present specimenReference specimen
Total length (TL)90.7 107
Head length (HL)6.47.1% of TL9.1% of TL
Body depth (BD)7.88.6% of TL10.7% of TL
Pre-pectoral length6.87.5% of TL6.9% of TL
Pre-anal length29.432.4% of TL 
Length of pectoral fin2.32.5% of TL 
Eye diameter3.046.9% of HL38.8% of HL
Pre-orbital length2.539.1% of HL30.6% of HL
Post-orbital length2.742.8% of HL 
Meristic counts
Pectoral fin rays14 14
Dorsal fin rays121 121
Gill rakers12 (3 + 9) 12 (3 + 9)