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Table 2 Selected characters of R. sarba and R. haffara

From: First record of Goldlined seabream Rhabdosargus sarba (Forsskål 1775), Sparidae, in the Mediterranean Sea (Syrian waters)

characters R. sarba R. haffara
Dorsal-fin rays XI, 12–14 (usually 13) XI, 12–13
Anal-fin rays III, 10–11 (rarely 10) III, 10
Pectoral-fin rays 14–16 (usually, 15) 15–16
Pored lateral-line scales 56–64 57–59
Scale rows above/below lateral-line 6½-8½ / 12½-14½ 5½-6½ / 12½-13½
Scale rows between the fifth dorsal-fin spine base and lateral line 6½ -7½ 5½ - 6½
Gill rakers 5–6 + 7–9 = 12–15 6–7 + 8–9 = 14–16
Standard length/ body depth 2.0–2.2 2.4–2.6
Scales on preopercular flange Absent Absent
14 or 15 golden longitudinal lines on body Present Present
Dorsal head profile Steep Convex
Coloration of ventral area from breast to above end of anal fin Silvery-white Silvery-white
Body and head in color Silvery with yellowish or gold sheen Silvery