Morphology Data of Schilbe micropogon
Identification keys
Main Ref. De Vos, L., 2003
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
Type of scales

Diagnosis: pectoral-fin spine strongly denticulate posteriorly; barbels very short, inner mandibular barbels often rudimentary (Ref. 43912, 57127, 81643). Posterior nostrils as close as (Ref. 57127, 81643) or closer to each other than the anterior ones (Ref. 43912, 57127, 81643). 52-64 branched anal-fin rays; 10-16 gill rakers on lower limb of first gill arch; adipose fin always present (Ref. 43912, 57127, 81643).

Description: 9-11 brachiostegal rays on one side of head; caudal peduncle shorter than deep, as long as deep or slightly deeper than long; nasal barbel short and rarely reaches beyond posterior border of eye; maxillary barbel sometimes reaches beyond posterior border of eye but in general shorter; inner mandibular barbels often rudimentary, outer ones reach at least to posterior border of eye and at maximum to anterior border of opercle (Ref. 43912). A very peculiar species easily identified by the combination of the distinguishing characters mentioned above; it might be confused with S. mandibularis or S. multitaeniatus but it is easily distinguished from both by the pectoral spines with coarse serrations on their inner side and by the rudimentary inner mandibular barbels (Ref. 43912).

Coloration: no information available on colour pattern in life (Ref. 57127, 81643). Preserved specimens: head and back dark brown; traces of lateral bands visible, one above lateral line, another one at anal-fin base and a third along anal-fin margin; belly often spotted/speckled; base and margin of caudal fin greyish (Ref. 43912, 57127, 81643).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Schilbe micropogon

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 10 - 16
on upper limb


Dorsal fin(s)

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

Caudal fin

Attributes forked; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Spines     1
Soft-rays   8 - 10
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    abdominal  behind origin of D1
Soft-rays   6
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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