Morphology Data of Thoracochromis wingatii
Identification keys
Main Ref. Lamboj, A., 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
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

Description: moderately deep-bodied to deep-bodied; head relatively large with a large mouth; frontal profile straight to slightly concave; caudal fin rounded to subtruncate; sexual dimorphism well-developed (somewhat more so than in most congeners)(Ref. 52307).

Coloration: Males: body grayish-blue to grayish-brown, with 2 dark bars between upper lips and eyes and a dark bar running from neck through eye to throat; additionally, a dark horizontal band runs from posterior edge of eye to caudal peduncle, this band sometimes broken and forming dark dots or shod stripes; short black bars may also be visible on opercle; rows of dark maculae in unpaired fins; anal fin with several large yellow egg spots (Ref. 52307). Females: body grayish-brown with black bars and stripes; no additional coloration present; depending on behavioral situation, both sexes may have 8-9 vertical bars on body (Ref. 52307).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Thoracochromis wingatii

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 0
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   0
Ventral  0
Spines total
Soft-rays total
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes more or less truncate

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Musschoot, Tobias
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