Morphology Data of Pimelodus stewarti
Identification keys
Main Ref. Ribeiro, F.R.V., C.A.S. Lucena and P.H.F. Lucinda, 2008
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance males alike females
Different colors males alike females

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
Type of scales

Differs from its congeners, except Pimelodus halisodous, Pimelodus joannis, Pimelodus ornatus and Pimelodus pictus, by having the following characters: distal portion of dorsal-fin rays 2-4 with a dark spot; just anterior to dorsal fin with dark transverse band; shorter distance between the posterior nostril and the anterior orbital border (posterior nostril closer to anterior orbital border. Can be separated from Pimelodus ornatus and Pimelodus pictus by its flank with uniform gray coloration lateral line with a light narrow band; from Pimelodus joannis by having a greater posterior cleithral-process length (12.7-15.6 vs. 10.2-12.4% of SL) and by lacking dark blotches on the caudal-fin base and from Pimelodus halisodous by a smaller pectoral- spine length (15.4-19.6 vs. 20.0-23.5% of SL); a shorter snout (36.1-40.9 vs. 43.1-47.9% of HL); and by having fewer rows of premaxillary teeth (5-8 vs. 13-16) (Ref. 79502).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Pimelodus stewarti

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 6
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
total 12 - 17
preanal 15 - 15
total 40 - 40


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 2 - 2
Soft-rays total 6 - 7
Adipose fin present

Caudal fin

Attributes forked

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   9 - 10
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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