Morphology Data of Mochokus niloticus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Paugy, D. and T.R. Roberts, 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
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

Diagnosis: body elongate and slender, its depth comprised 5.4-6.3 times in standard length; head as long as broad, its dorsal surface rough; maxillary barbels non-membranous and unbranched, up to 2 times longer than head; mandibular barbels with long, simple ramifications; humeral process long, slender and pointed; 1st dorsal-fin spine weakly denticulate on anterior margin; 2nd dorsal fin with 10-13 rays; pectoral-fin spines more strongly denticulate on inner than on outer margin; caudal fin deeply forked, its lobes equally long (Ref. 57223).

Coloration: ground colour yellowish or ochre, with brown or blackish marbled areas, largest 2 below 1st and 2nd dorsal fins respectively; fins covered with brown or black dots; 1st dorsal fin with transversally aligned spots (Ref. 57223).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Mochokus niloticus

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 6
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
Ventral  0
Spines total 1 - 1
Soft-rays total
Adipose fin

Caudal fin

Attributes forked

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Spines     1
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    abdominal  behind origin of D1
Spines     0
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Musschoot, Tobias
Modified by Musschoot, Tobias
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