Morphology Data of Labeobarbus caudovittatus
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 none
Body shape lateral elongated
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; lips weakly or moderately developed; two pairs of well developed barbels, anterior pair about half as long as posterior pair which is about one eye diameter in length; last simple ray of dorsal fin flexible, not serrated, measuring 0.75x HL; lower jaw reaching to, or beyond, anterior margin of eye; black stripe on each lobe of caudal fin (Ref. 81639).

Description: large species; lips moderately developed, lower lip continuous; scales with parallel striae; scale formula: 4.5-5.5/24 31/4.5/2/12; D: III-IV, 9; A: III, 5; P: 15-16; V: 10; lateral line complete; dorsal fin with concave border (Ref. 81639).

Coloration: ground color olive dorsally, golden brown on flanks and belly; dorsal scales with dark basal marking; dorsal fin blackish proximally; prominent black bar along each caudal lobe (Ref. 81639).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Labeobarbus caudovittatus

Lateral Lines 1 Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 24 - 31
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line 4.5 - 5.5
Scale rows below lateral line 4.5 - 4.5
Scales around caudal peduncle 12 - 12
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 13 - 15
Adipose fin

Caudal fin

Attributes forked; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total 8 - 9

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Soft-rays   18 - 18
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    abdominal  behind origin of D1
Soft-rays   10 - 10
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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