Morphology Data of Labeobarbus progenys
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 clearly concave
Type of eyes more or less normal
Type of mouth/snout more or less normal
Position of mouth superior
Type of scales

Diagnosis: dorsal profile strongly depressed (Ref. 81282). Mouth superior, lips well-developed; last single dorsal ray feeble, not ossified and 67% of HL; 10 branched rays in dorsal fin (Ref. 81282, 81639). Scale formula: 5.5/33/4.5;2.5;12 (Ref. 81282) or 5.5-6.5/32-40/4.5/2.5/12-14 (Ref. 81639).

Description: snout rounded; mouth large, lower jaw projecting beyond the upper (Ref. 81282). Lower lip interrupted medially; two pairs of short barbels (Ref. 81282, 81639). Anterior pair 0.75-2.9, posterior pair 1.0-1.7x eye diameter; scales longitudinally striated; D:III-IV,10; A:III,5-6; P:15; V:7; lateral line complete; dorsal fin concave (Ref. 81639). Last simple ray of dorsal fin feeble, not stronger than those following and measuring 0.67x HL (Ref. 81282, 81639). D:III, 10; pectoral fins not reaching pelvics (Ref. 81282).

Coloration: ground color silvery, brownish on back; dorsal and lateral scales brown at base; dorsal and anal fins edged with blackish, other fins whitish (Ref. 81282, 81639). Dorsal fin with dark band across middle part (Ref. 81639). In life, adults are overall bright golden color with dark scale pockets (Ref. 81282).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Labeobarbus progenys

Lateral Lines 1 Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 32 - 40
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line 5.5 - 6.5
Scale rows below lateral line 4.5 - 4.5
Scales around caudal peduncle 12 - 14
Barbels 4
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb 7 - 8
on upper limb


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total 13 - 14
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes forked; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total
Soft-rays total 7 - 9

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Soft-rays   15 - 15
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    abdominal  beneath origin of D1
Soft-rays   7 - 7
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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