Morphology Data of Clypeobarbus hypsolepis
Identification keys
Main Ref. Lévêque, C., 2003
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs no special organs
Different appearance males alike females
Different colors always different colors between mature adults
Remarks Unpaired fins tinged with light to bright pink in males, dorsal fin greyish in females.

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features none
Body shape lateral fusiform / normal
Cross section compressed
Dorsal head profile more or less straight
Type of eyes more or less normal
Type of mouth/snout more or less normal
Position of mouth sub-terminal/inferior
Type of scales cycloid scales

Diagnosis: last simple dorsal-fin ray smooth on hind margin; scale formula 2.5/21-25/2.5; 1.5 scales between lateral line and pelvic-fin base; 8 scales around caudal peduncle; lateral-line scales distinctly deeper than other, particularly below dorsal fin; 8 branched dorsal fin rays; anterior barbel not reaching to anterior margin of eye; posterior barbel reaching to, or extending beyond, posterior half of eye; lateral line complete and slightly depressed below dorsal fin; maximum reported size 33 mm SL (Ref. 2940, 81282).

Description: very small species slightly compressed body, straight dorsal profile; mouth subterminal; cephalic pores poorly developed, but visible on cheeks; two pairs of rather long barbels; lateral line rejoining mid-lateral line above anal fin; morphologically closely related to B. pleurophollis, the latter mainly found in Chad and Congo basins; D:III,8; A:III,5 (Ref. 2940, 81282)

Coloration: body silvery in life; scales black-edged; unpaired fins tinged with light to bright pink in males; dorsal fin greyish in females; no distinct band or spots on body (Ref. 2940, 81282).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Clypeobarbus hypsolepis

Lateral Lines 1 Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 21 - 25
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line 2 - 3
Scale rows below lateral line 2 - 3
Scales around caudal peduncle 8 - 8
Barbels 4
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total 11 - 11
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes forked; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total
Soft-rays total 8 - 8

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    abdominal  behind origin of D1
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Palomares, Maria Lourdes D.
Modified by Geelhand, Dimitri
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