Pangio kuhlii has the anguilliform (slender and eel-like) body typical of its genus, as well as pectoral fins placed much more anterior than the dorsal fin (Burridge, 1992). Males have enlarged first fin ray on the pectoral fin and wider pectoral (and sometimes pelvic fins) in general (Burridge, 1992; Kottelat and Lim, 1993).
Other characteristics include:
Body with contrasting black and white bars on a pinkish/yellow/white background, belly is white. Color pattern has 6 – 10 irregular bars, dark large quadrangal blotch covering proximal half of caudal fin. Head with two dark bars, excluding blotch on snout, median lobe of lower lip not produced into a barbel. 34 – 37 + 12 – 15 = 47 – 51 vertebrae. Bars on caudal peduncle narrower, nearly reaching the ventral midline. Snout round to truncate, three pairs of barbels: one rostral, one maxillary, and one mandibular. Upper lip more prominent than lower, mandibular jaw teeth absent (Burridge, 1992; Kottelat and Lim, 1993).
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