Morphology Data of Leptocypris niloticus
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 males alike females
Different colors males alike females

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features none
Body shape lateral elongated
Cross section
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 sub-terminal/inferior
Type of scales cycloid scales

Diagnosis: body depth 3.8-5.7x and head length 3.7-4.5x SL; eye diameter 2.8-3.6x head length (Ref. 2940, 81282). Scale formula 5.5-6.5/32-40/3.5(4.5); 12 scales around caudal peduncle; 9-12 anal-fin branched rays (Ref. 2940, 81282, 81639). 8-9 dorsal-fin branched rays; sides plain or with irregular markings; back dark (Ref. 2940, 81282).

Description: body elongate, its dorsal profile nearly straight; D:III,8(9); A:III,9-12; P:14; V:I,8 (Ref. 2940, 81282, 81639).

Coloration: silvery in life, without markings on sides; fins colorless (Ref. 2940, 81282, 81639).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Leptocypris niloticus

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 - 7
Scale rows below lateral line 3 - 5
Scales around caudal peduncle 12 - 12
Barbels 0
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb 3 - 4
on upper limb 5 - 6


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total 11 - 12
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes forked; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total
Soft-rays total 12 - 15

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Soft-rays   14 - 14
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    abdominal  before origin of D1
Soft-rays   9 - 9
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Palomares, Maria Lourdes D.
Modified by Geelhand, Dimitri
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