Morphology Data of Hemibagrus filamentus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Ng, H.H. and W.J. Rainboth, 1999
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs no special organs
Different appearance
Different colors

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features
Body shape lateral fusiform / normal
Cross section compressed
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth sub-terminal/inferior

Can be differentiated from its congeners by a unique combination of the following characters: head length 31.0-34.3% SL; dorsal to adipose distance 7.3-10.9% SL; length of dorsal-fin 27.3-30.8% SL; post-adipose distance 14.7-16.2% SL; interorbital distance 28.1-31.1% HL; presence of filamentous extensions on the first three dorsal-fin rays in adults (Ref. 38441). Depressed dorsal fin reaching adipose fin; adipose fin same color as body; body and fins a uniform dark brown; crenulate ridge along anterior edge of pectoral spine; 8 branched anal-fin rays (Ref. 12693). Elongated upper caudal lobe ending in a filament (Ref. 43281).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Hemibagrus filamentus

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
total 11 - 13
total 44 - 46


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 1 - 1
Soft-rays total 7 - 7
Adipose fin present

Caudal fin

Attributes forked; with dorsal filament

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total
Soft-rays total 12 - 14

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Spines     1
Soft-rays   7 - 9
Pelvics Attributes  
Position    abdominal  behind origin of D1
Soft-rays   6 - 6
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Torres, Armi G.
Modified by Torres, Armi G.
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