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Morphology Data of Labeobarbus batesii
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 males alike females
Different colors different colors in juveniles and adults

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features none
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 more or less normal
Position of mouth sub-terminal/inferior
Type of scales

Diagnosis: mouth inferior (Ref. 81639). Lips normally well developed, lower lip continuous (Ref. 81282, 81639). Geographical variations in mouth form: soft or “rubbery” versus keratinised (Ref. 2940, 81282). Two pairs of well-developed barbels; barbels long, posterior barbel reaching to or beyond posterior margin of eye (Ref. 81639). Scale formula 4.5/26-30/4.5 (Ref. 2940, 81282) or 4.5-5.5/26-33/3.5-4.5/2-3 (Ref. 81639). 2-3 (Ref. 81639) or 3 (Ref. 2940, 81282) scales between lateral line and pelvic-fin base. 12 scales around caudal peduncle (Ref. 2940, 81282, 81639). 8-9 (Ref. 2940, 81282) or 8-10 (Ref. 81639) dorsal fin branched rays. Last simple dorsal ray ossified and as long as or shorter than head in specimens over 150 mm SL (Ref. 2940, 81282) or measuring 0.67x HL (Ref. 81639).

Description: large species; last simple dorsal-fin ray strong, bony, not serrated (Ref. 81282, 81639). Scales with parallel striae; lateral line complete; dorsal fin with concave border (Ref. 81639). D:IV,8-9 (Ref. 81282). D: III-IV, 8-10; A: III, 5-6; P: 15-18; V: 9-10 (Ref. 81639).

Coloration: in life adult specimens are an overall bright golden color with dark scale pockets, while juveniles are marbled silver and brown pattern, with a conspicuous dark caudal peduncle spot (Ref. 81282). Preserved specimens brownish above, scales darker at base, white beneath; fins greyish (Ref. 81282, 81639). Pectoral and pelvic fins with black distal margin (Ref. 81639).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Labeobarbus batesii

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 26 - 33
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line 4.5 - 5.5
Scale rows below lateral line 3.5 - 4.5
Scales around caudal peduncle 12 - 12
Barbels 4
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb 9 - 13
on upper limb


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 1 - 1
Soft-rays total 10 - 13
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes forked; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total
Soft-rays total 8 - 9

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Soft-rays   15 - 18
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    abdominal
Soft-rays   9 - 10
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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