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lateral line

n.
A series of sensory pores along the head and sides of fish and some amphibians by which water currents, vibrations, and pressure changes are detected.
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Oblique scale rows in longitudinal series 61 or 62, oblique scale rows to terminus of lateral-line pores 37-41.
1b Preopercular pores 5-7; lateral-line pores 70-91; sum of scales above and below lateral line 65-88; supraorbital pores 1-8; total gill rakers on first arch 6-14 ...
cobra), 2-3 irregular rows of small dark spots above and below lateral-line (H.
pectoral axil and a diffuse spot at beginning of lateral-line; caudal-fin dusky and posterior margin darker.
by vertically elongate humeral spot that passes through the lateral-line canal ventrally (vs.
Dorsal rays X, 10; anal rays III, 6; pectoral rays 15; pelvic rays I, 5; anal rays III, 6; caudal fin rays 17; lateral-line scales 42; 3 (4-5 as rudiments) + 9 (2-3 as rudiments) gill rakers on the first arch (total 7-8 + 11-12); vertebrae 23.
"The lateral-line sense fascinated me from the start because it's fundamentally different from other senses such as vision or hearing, not just at first glance but also the second," van Hemmen said.
In contrast, dashing swimmers in rushing water carry most of their neuromasts in their lateral-line systems.
Lab experiments on largemouth bass show they can locate and capture prey without the benefit of vision by using their lateral-line sense, which detects and identifies low-frequency vibrations close to the fish.