Morphology Data of Parauchenoglanis punctatus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Geerinckx, T., L. Risch, E.J. Vreven, D. Adriaens and G.G. Teugels, 2007
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
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

Diagnosis: caudal peduncle short and deep, its depth twice as large as the horizontal distance between the adipose and caudal fin bases and in some specimens even deeper; anterior edge of pectoral spine fully serrate with serrations that are smaller but more numerous than those along posterior edge of spine; barbels very long, e.g. external mandibular barbel reaching beyond tip of pectoral spine, maxillary barbel reaching at least to pectoral spine base; adipose fin always high and solid; typical colour pattern consisting of 6-10 (11) vertical rows of black dots (Ref. 81642).

Description: head and body moderately deep and elevated; head depth greater than (rarely equal to) preorbital length; adipose fin solid and higher than in other species (except for some adults of P. altipinnis).(Ref. 81642).

Coloration: preserved specimens: brown, with head usually darker than rest of body; flanks with 6-10 (11) vertical series of black or dark brown spots, these spots smaller than eyes, discrete and not merged together; ventrum pale yellow or creamy white; fins may or may not be spotted (Ref. 81642).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Parauchenoglanis punctatus

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
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 2 - 2
Soft-rays total
Adipose fin present

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   7 - 8
Pelvics Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Musschoot, Tobias
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