Morphology Data of Hemichromis letourneuxi
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: body ovoid; snout short and slightly rounded to pointed; frontal profile straight to slightly concave; caudal fin rounded (Ref. 52307).

Coloration: body light to medium brown, dorsum slightly darker; dark spots almost always present on flanks and caudal peduncle; centrally located lateral spot relatively large, round and often surrounded by a lighter zone; some specimens with iridiophores all over body and fins, but fully absent in others; caudal and anal fins yellowish to brownish, pale reddish at their base; dorsal and caudal fins often with a red margin; pelvic fins with a reddish to violet anterior edge; dark vertical bars sometimes appear on flanks (e.g. when stressed); bright red across the entire body when dominant, except for the lighter colored zone surrounding the lateral spot (when visible); yellow lateral stripe sometimes apparent, from posterior edge of opercle to caudal peduncle; dorsal and caudal fins either bright red or yellow with red margins (Ref. 52307).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Hemichromis letourneuxi

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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