Morphology Data of Labeobarbus compiniei
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 subterminal; lips weakly or moderately developed, very thick, lower lip with a mental lobe; two pairs of well-developed barbels, anterior pair shorter than posterior pair, the latter measuring 0.67x eye diameter; lower jaw not reaching to anterior margin of eye; 27-31 scales in lateral line; last simple ray of dorsal fin strong and ossified, not serrated, measuring at the most equal to head length; snout 2.5x HL; length of caudal peduncle 2x its height (Ref. 81639).

Description: large species; scales longitudinally striated; scale formula: 4.5/27-31/4-4.5/2-3/10-12; D: III-IV, 10; A: III, 5; P: 16; V: 10; lateral line complete but hardly visible; dorsal fin with concave border (Ref. 81639).

Coloration: base of each scale is white, distally purplish blue; snout purplish blue; fins are iron grey, and purplish blue proximally; caudal fin grey and bluish proximally; opercle is tinged purplish blue (Ref. 81639).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Labeobarbus compiniei

Lateral Lines 1 Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 27 - 31
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line 4 - 4
Scale rows below lateral line 4 - 4.5
Scales around caudal peduncle 10 - 12
Barbels 4
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb 12 - 15
on upper limb


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 1 - 1
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 8 - 8

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Soft-rays   16 - 16
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    abdominal
Soft-rays   10 - 10
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Geelhand, Dimitri
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