Morphology Data of Gymnotus capitimaculatus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Rangel-Pereira, F.S., 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 elongated
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth superior

Gymnotus capitimaculatus belongs to the Gymnotus pantherinus species-group, characterized by having a slender body (body depth 7.2-8.9 % of TL), proximal portion of the fifth rib with broad triangular ridge, more than three times width of the sixth rib (vs. narrow ridge, less than three times width of the sixth rib) and one laterosensory pore in the dorso-posterior portion of the preopercle, in the preopercular-mandibular canal (vs. two pores). It differs from all congeners by having a pair of round blotches anteriorly positioned or under vertical passing through eye, on ventral portion of the head. It can be diagnosed from all members of the G. pantherinus species-group (sensu) by the following unique combination of characters: tail with a unique series of bands or round spots (vs. tail with randomly disposed spots, never forming a unique series); precaudal portion of the trunk lacks bands or with rounded and/or vermiculated spots scattered all over it (vs. with well defined bands); 45 precaudal vertebrae (vs. 31-43 or 46-51); 9 scales above lateral line at mid-body (vs. 6-8 or 10); anal fin base length 75.2-78.6 % of TL (vs. 62.9-74.7 or 79-83.8 %); anus-anal fin length 101.4-122.8 % of HL (vs. 50-96.3 %); and branchial opening 38.5-45.0 % of HL (vs. 24-35) (Ref. 96661).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Gymnotus capitimaculatus

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 45 - 45


Dorsal fin(s)

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

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

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