Morphology Data of Hippopotamyrus szaboi
Identification keys
Main Ref. Kramer, B., H. van der Bank and M. Wink, 2004
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 fusiform / normal
Cross section compressed
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth terminal
Type of scales cycloid scales

Body long and slender, laterally compressed (Ref. 52128). Head broadly rounded with a terminally positioned mouth (Ref. 52128). Dorsal fin origin set far back and behind that of anal fin (Ref. 52128). Caudal fin with broadly rounded lobes (Ref. 52128). Scales cycloid with reticulate striae except in centre, extending anteriorly to operculum, pectoral fins and pelvic fins(Ref. 52128). Dark brown or black colour with a distinctive vertical black band from dorsal origin (Ref. 52128).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Hippopotamyrus szaboi

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 17 - 22
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   
Spines total
Soft-rays total 18 - 21
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes forked; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total
Soft-rays total 21 - 25

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 )
Entered by Boden, Gert
Modified by Bailly, Nicolas
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