Morphology Data of Hippopotamyrus paugyi
Identification keys
Main Ref. Bigorne, R., 1990
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 clearly convex
Type of eyes more or less normal
Type of mouth/snout more or less normal
Position of mouth sub-terminal/inferior
Type of scales cycloid scales

Chin well developed, rounded and prominent. Nasal openings aligned on an axis parallel to that of the body. Dorsal fin origin same level as anal fin origin. LS/Depth ratio 4.1-5.2. Caudal peduncle 3-5 x long than wide. Body generally dark and mottled. Dark band vertically across body between the first few rays of dorsal and anal fins.

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Hippopotamyrus paugyi

Lateral Lines 1 Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 72 - 84
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line 11 - 13
Scale rows below lateral line 12 - 14
Scales around caudal peduncle 12 - 12
Barbels 0
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   0 - 0
Ventral  0 - 0
Spines total 0 - 0
Soft-rays total 29 - 34
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes forked; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 0 - 0
Soft-rays total 26 - 33

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    abdominal  before origin of D1
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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