Morphology Data of Leptobotia punctata
Identification keys
Main Ref. Li, J., X.-H Li and X.-L. Chen, 2008
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 elongated
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

Closely related to Leptobotia guilinensis and Leptobotia posterodorsalis by the following shared characters: lacking button-like papillae on chin region; small eye; short mouth barbels; and origin of dorsal fin posterior to ventral fin. Can be diagnosed from Leptobotia guilinensis by lacking vertical bands (vs. 15-18 vertical bands), having more vertebrae 4 + 39 (vs. 4 + 35-36), and end of pelvic fin not reaching anus (vs . reaching anus). Differs from Leptobotia posterodorsalis in having numerous white spots on body side (vs. no spot), more gill rakers 13-15 (vs . 3-4) on the outer side of first gill arch, body depth 4.9-6.9 % in SL (vs. 6.8-7.3), deep forked caudal, and more stripes 3-4 (vs. 1) on both lobes of caudal fin (Ref. 83654).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Leptobotia punctata

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle
Barbels 6
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
total 13 - 15
total 43 - 43


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes forked

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Pelvics Attributes  
Position    before origin of D1
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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