Morphology Data of Labeobarbus matris
Identification keys
Main Ref. Vreven, E.J.W.M.N., T. Musschoot, J. Snoeks and U.K. Schliewen, 2016
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 fusiform / normal
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

Diagnosis: Labeobarbus matris is distinguished from its congener Labeobarbus rhinoceros by the following characters: the number of total gill rakers is 19, vs. 12-13 in L. rhinoceros; 3.5 scales below the lateral line, vs. 4.5; and the length of the unsegmented dorsal spine is 18.8% of standard length, vs. 26.3-29.0% in L. rhinoceros (Ref. 108777).

Description: Dorsal fin with 4 unbranched rays and 9 branched rays; anal fin with 3 unbranched rays and 5 branched rays; pelvic fin with 2 unbranched rays and 8 branched rays; pectoral fin with 1 unbranched ray and 15 branched rays (Ref. 114536). Lateral line with 26 scales; 12 circumpeduncular scales (Ref. 114536).

Colouration: The colour is brown, darker on the dorsal side, pale on the ventral side; fins greybrown (Ref. 114536).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Labeobarbus matris

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 26 - 26
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line 3.5 - 3.5
Scales around caudal peduncle 12 - 12
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
total 19 - 19


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 0 - 0
Soft-rays total 13 - 13
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes forked; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 0 - 0
Soft-rays total 8 - 8

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Spines     0
Soft-rays   16 - 16
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    abdominal  beneath origin of D1
Spines     0
Soft-rays   10 - 10
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Boden, Gert
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