Morphology Data of Lamprologus teugelsi
Identification keys
Main Ref. Schelly, R.C. and M.L.J. Stiassny, 2004
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features none
Body shape lateral fusiform / normal
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 terminal
Type of scales

Relatively stout, deep-bodied species, especially as adults (Ref. 52248). Head length 31.0-33.8% of standard length (Ref. 52248). Jaws are isognathous, but with lower lip sometimes protruding slightly; both outer and inner row teeth uniscupid and sharply pointed (Ref. 52248). Lower pharyngeal jaw is wider than long, and straight or slightly interdigitating along ventral suture; usually with 20-24 teeth in most posterior tooth row (Ref. 52248). Gill rakers are moderately elongate and non-denticulate (Ref. 52248). Spines in dorsal and anal fin are gradually increasing in length posteriorly; filamentous extensions of both fins are extending beyond caudal fin base (Ref. 52248). Caudal fin is moderately large and rounded rather than paddle shaped, never appearing subacuminate, with 14 branched rays (Ref. 52248). Pectoral fins are short, not reaching vertical through anus (Ref. 52248). Second pelvic fin ray is longest in fin in both sexes, but not reaching vertical through anus (Ref. 52248). Flank scales are large, ctenoid and regularly imbricating; cheek and chest naked, belly with small scales; nape predominantly scaleless to dorsal fin origin; dorsal and anal fins scaleless, small scales over proximal half of caudal fin (Ref. 52248). The base body coloration is light gray, with six wide, irregular, dark bars on flanks separated by thinner, whitish blotches (Ref. 52248). Dorsal, anal, and caudal fins are darkly pigmented, lacking obvious maculae; dorsal fin with light yellow margin, caudal fin with reddish margin restricted to dorsal edge (Ref. 52248). Preserved specimens are yellowish brown, with darker dorsal, anal and pelvic fins and head (Ref. 52248). Individual flank scales have a dark pigment distributed uniformly along exposed posterior margin, creating intersecting rows of thin, oblique bands of pigment that present the appearance of a chain-link fence or chain-mail (Ref. 52248).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Lamprologus teugelsi

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales 32 - 34
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb 5 - 6
on upper limb 2 - 4
total 8 - 11
total 30 - 32


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 17 - 19
Soft-rays total 8 - 9
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes more or less truncate; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 5 - 6
Soft-rays total 6 - 7

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    thoracic  behind origin of D1
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Boden, Gert
Modified by Boden, Gert
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