Morphology Data of Labeo lukulae
Identification keys
Main Ref. De Weirdt, D., A. Getahun, S. Tshibwabwa and G.G. Teugels, 2007
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs no special organs
Different appearance
Different colors

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features striking type of mouth
Body shape lateral fusiform / normal
Cross section
Dorsal head profile more or less straight
Type of eyes more or less normal
Type of mouth/snout other (see Diagnosis)
Position of mouth sub-terminal/inferior
Type of scales

Diagnosis: snout prominent, large and somewhat pointed, 44.6-60.0% of HL, with a deep and wide transverse furrow and ending in a fleshy appendage; scale formula: 34-37 (35 commonly observed); 4.5-6.5 (5.5 commonly observed); 3.0-4.5 (4.0 commonly observed); 13-17 (16 commonly observed); dorsal fin with 3 unbranched and 9-10 (10 commonly observed) branched rays; upper edge of dorsal fin always concave; 29-31 (30 commonly observed) vertebrae; ventral fin origin located under the 4th branched dorsal ray; genital opening distant from anal fin origin; no longitudinal band on flanks or spot on scaled base of caudal fin (Ref. 81639).

Description: body moderately laterally compressed; maxillary barbels small and hidden in skin folds at mouth corners, rostral barbels minute and hidden in rostral fold; ventral fins short, not reaching to genital opening, with an insertion beneath 4th branched dorsal ray (Ref. 81639).

Coloration: in preservation, dark brown dorsally, light brown to whitish ventrally; according to Ref. 52342 the holotype is dark olive dorsally and whitish on the belly (Ref. 81639).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Labeo lukulae

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 34 - 37
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line 4.5 - 6.5
Scale rows below lateral line 3 - 4.5
Scales around caudal peduncle 13 - 17
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
total 29 - 31


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total 12 - 13
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes forked; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total
Soft-rays total

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 Sa-a, Pascualita
Modified by Geelhand, Dimitri
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