Morphology Data of Clypeobarbus pleuropholis
Identification keys
Main Ref. Lévêque, C., 2003
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs no special organs
Different appearance males alike females
Different colors males alike females

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features none
Body shape lateral fusiform / normal
Cross section compressed
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 superior
Type of scales cycloid scales

Diagnosis: last simple dorsal-fin ray smooth on hind margin; scale formula 2.5/21-23/2.5-3.5; 1.5 scales between lateral line and pelvic-fin base; 8 scales around caudal peduncle; lateral-line scales distinctly deeper than other scales on sides; 8 branched dorsal fin rays; anterior barbel not reaching to anterior margin of eye; posterior barbel reaching to, or extending beyond, posterior half of eye; lateral line complete and slightly depressed below dorsal fin; maximum reported size 30 mm SL (Ref. 2940, 81282).

Description: small species with moderately compressed body; two pairs of barbels; morphologically closely related to B. hypsolepis, the latter mainly found in the Sahelian basins to the west of the Chad; D:III,8; A:III,5; P:14-15; V:I,7 (Ref. 2940, 81282)

Coloration: body pale, with metallic-grey reflections; back with purple or very dark reddish-brown network formed by the pigmented edges of scales; fins and sides of head faintly pink (Ref. 2940, 81282).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Clypeobarbus pleuropholis

Lateral Lines 1 Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 21 - 23
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line 2 - 3
Scale rows below lateral line 2 - 4
Scales around caudal peduncle 8 - 8
Barbels 4
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb 4 - 6
on upper limb


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total 11 - 11
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
Spines     0
Soft-rays   14 - 15
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    abdominal  before origin of D1
Soft-rays   8 - 8
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Palomares, Maria Lourdes D.
Modified by Geelhand, Dimitri
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