Morphology Data of Hemibagrus divaricatus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Ng, H.H. and M. Kottelat, 2013
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors
Remarks Males with elongate genital papilla not reaching to origin of anal fin.

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 sub-terminal/inferior
Type of scales

Distinguished from all members in this species group except Hemibagrus gracilis and Hemibagrus velox in possessing a shorter adipose-fin base (11.1-15.5% SL vs. 15.1-21.1); the adipose fin is also relatively deeper compared to all species except Hemibagrus planiceps (maximum height 1.9-3.2 times in length of base vs. 2.9-6.0). Can be diagnosed from Hemibagrus gracilis in having a deeper caudal peduncle (7.3-8.0% SL vs. 6.2-7.5) and a smaller eye (11-17% HL vs. 17-21); from Hemibagrus velox in having a deeper caudal peduncle (7.3-8.0% SL vs. 6.2-7.6) and shorter inner mandibular barbels (37-44% HL vs. 42-57); from Hemibagrus bongan in having a smaller eye (11-17% HL vs. 16-20); from Hemibagrus lacustrinus in having a shorter adipose-fin base (11.1-15.5% SL vs. 18.8-20.4), a longer dorsal to adipose distance (15.4-17.6% SL vs. 7.6-10.9; adpressed dorsal fin not reaching vs. reaching origin of adipose fi n), and smaller eye (11-17% HL vs. 17-19); and from Hemibagrus planiceps in having a smaller interorbital distance (28-32% HL vs. 32-37), longer dorsal spine (12.3-12.9% SL vs. 8.3-11.7) and maxillary barbels (214-250% HL vs. 148-220) (Ref. 93057).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Hemibagrus divaricatus

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 8
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
total 14 - 18
total 51 - 51


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 2 - 2
Soft-rays total 7 - 7
Adipose fin present

Caudal fin

Attributes forked

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total 12 - 13

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   8 - 10
Pelvics Attributes  
Position    abdominal  behind origin of D1
Soft-rays   6 - 6
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Torres, Armi G.
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