Morphology Data of Xiurenbagrus dorsalis
Identification keys
Main Ref. Xiu, L.-H., J. Yang and H.-F. Zheng, 2014
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 eyes absent
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth sub-terminal/inferior
Type of scales

Xiurenbagrus dorsalis can be diagnosed from its congeners by the following combination of characters: 7 dorsal-fin branched rays (vs. 6 in X. xiurenensis and X. gigas); pelvic-fin origin opposite base of fourth branched dorsal-fin ray (pelvic-fin insertion posterior to dorsal-fin base in X. xiurenensis and X. gigas); serrations absent on the posterior edge of pectoral-fin spine (vs. strong serrations present in X. xiurenensis and X. gigas); adipose fin confluent with caudal fin (vs. adipose fin posteriorly with a free flap and not confluent with caudal fin in X. xiurenensis and X. gigas); maxillary barbel longer than head length and reaching posterior tip of pectoral-fin (vs. maxillary barbel shorter than head length, reaching or slightly exceed pectoral-fin insertion in X. xiurenensis and X. gigas); eyes absent (vs. small eyes present in X. xiurenensis and X. gigas) (Ref. 96642).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Xiurenbagrus dorsalis

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 8
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total 8 - 8
Adipose fin present

Caudal fin

Attributes more or less truncate

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total 12 - 12

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   9 - 9
Pelvics Attributes  
Position    abdominal  behind origin of D1
Soft-rays   6 - 6
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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