Interrelationships among the secies of the genus puntius (teleostei, cyprinidae) as indicated by the caudal skeletons

J. Jinadasa, A. B. KOTALAWALA

Abstract


The studies on the osteology of caudal skeleton and the ray counts showedthat the species of Puntius studied fall into two groups. one containing 11species and the other with one species. The major group with I I species has aprimitive caudal skeleton with 6 free hypurals and 16 or more branched rays,the minor group with one species has an advanced caudal skeleton with 5 freehypurals and 15 branched rays.

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