Morphology Data of Mastacembelus simbi
Identification keys
Main Ref. Vreven, E.J. and M.L.J. Stiassny, 2009
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 eel-like
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

Distinguished from all other species of Mastacembelidae by the following characters: no pterosphenoid bone in the neurocranium; no supracleithral sensory canal; no post-temporal tubules; and an infraorbital series represented by the first infraorbital only. Can be further separated from all other members belonging to Mastacembelus crassus species complex by the following combination of characters (where +1 denotes the presence of a short spine covered by skin and not externally visible): 22-25+1 dorsal spines (vs. 18-21+ in Mastacembelus aviceps and Mastacembelus crassus; eye visible at the surface of the head and relatively well developed, eye diameter 10.0-15.3% HL (vs. 4.8-7.2% HL in Mastacembelus latens; fully pigmented with a color pattern characterized by an oblique bar on the cheek and a series of vertically oriented and irregularly shaped midlateral bars most often present along the body and always present in the post-anal region (vs. depigmented in Mastacembelus latens (Ref. 84205).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Mastacembelus simbi

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
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
preanal 28 - 30
total 68 - 71


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 23 - 26
Soft-rays total 47 - 55
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total 2 - 2
Soft-rays total 46 - 56

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Torres, Armi G.
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