Morphology Data of Kottelatlimia hipporhynchos
Identification keys
Main Ref. Kottelat, M. and H.H. Tan, 2008
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features
Body shape lateral elongated
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

Kottelatlimia hipporhynchos is distinguished from congeners by the extreme development of papillae on all mouth parts (lips, barbels, lobes), including very long papillae along the anterior edge of the main digitation of the median lobe of the lower lip (vs. smooth mouth parts, no papillae along edge of main digitation. Further, in males, K. hipporhynchos is distinguished from K. pristes by the posterior projections of the upper hemitrichium of the first branched pectoral-fin ray being broad, contiguous and forming a blade-like structure. In K. pristes, these projections (except the proximal ones) are pointed and directed backwards, spine-like, not contiguous, appearing as a saw-like structure. In K. katik, the projections of the upper hemitrichium of the first branched pectoral-fin ray are narrow and form 6–7 fine serrae (Ref. 79884).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Kottelatlimia hipporhynchos

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
preanal 23 - 24
total 34 - 36


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Busson, Frédéric
Modified by Busson, Frédéric
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