Morphology Data of Neolamprologus helianthus
Identification keys
Main Ref. B├╝scher, H.H., 1997
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 elongated
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

Body depth 30.2-33.7% of SL (Ref. 47158). A lunate, filamentous caudal fin (Ref. 47158). Caudal peduncle length is 102-114% of its depth (Ref. 47158). A yellow or orange-yellow body color with V-shaped markings on the preoperculum and operculum (Ref. 47158).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Neolamprologus helianthus

Lateral Lines 2 Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 33 - 37
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 7 - 9
on upper limb
total 30 - 32


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 18 - 19
Soft-rays total 8 - 10
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes more or less truncate; with dorsal and ventral filament

Anal fin(s)

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

Paired fins

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