Fish measurement

Fish measurement is the measuring of the length of individual fish and of various parts of their anatomy. These data are used in many areas of ichthyology, including taxonomy and fisheries biology.

Overall length

Standard length measurements are used with Teleostei (most bony fish), while total length measurements are used with Myxini (hagfish), Petromyzontiformes (lampreys), and (usually) Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays), as well as some other fishes.[2]

Total length measurements are used in slot limit and minimum landing size regulations.

In addition, fishery biologists often use a third measure in fishes with forked tails:

Other measurements

Other measurements that may be taken include the lengths of various fins, the lengths of fin bases, the length from the snout to various points on the body, and the diameter of the eye.[4]

See also


  1. "Term: standard length". 2004-11-18. Retrieved 2015-08-18.
  2. 1 2 "Term: total length". 2004-11-18. Retrieved 2015-08-18.
  3. "Term: fork length". 2004-11-18. Retrieved 2015-08-18.
  4. "Standard Measurements of Bony Fish diagram". Florida Museum of Natural History Ichthyology Department. Retrieved 2007-06-06.

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