Morphology Data of Pseudomystus carnosus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Ng, H.H. and K.K.P. Lim, 2005
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 sub-terminal/inferior

Distinguished from its congeners, except for P. fumosus and P. moeschii, by the presence of an enlarged and prominent process of the post-temporal (the "supraclavicular process" of previous authors), which is almost as long as the post-cleithral process; the presence of long hair-like epithelial projections on the skin and long tubular extensions of the sensory pores. Differs from P. fumosus and P. moeschii in having a pointed (vs. rounded) tip of the nuchal shield. Can be further distinguished from P. fumosus in having less developed procurrent caudal rays that are evenly sloping along the anterior edges (vs. well developed that curve sinuously along the edges) and from P. moeschii in having a deeper body (13.0-16.7% SL vs. 13.0-14.5) and lacking lighter colored patches on the body (Ref. 54514).

Description: A v,10; V i,5 (Ref. 54514).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Pseudomystus carnosus

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
total 42 - 42


Dorsal fin(s)

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

Caudal fin

Attributes forked; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total 15 - 15

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   6 - 6
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.
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