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From Boulenger (1909), pp. 141-142

Depth of body 4 1/4 to 4½ times in total length, length of head 3 2/3 to 3 4/5 times. Upper profile of head descending in a curve; snout much produced, trunk-like, a little longer than postocular part of the head, its length 3½ to 4½ times its least depth; mouth very small, lower jaw slightly projecting, with thick lips; teeth notched, 5 or 7 in upper jaw, 12 or 14 in lower; eye small, its diameter 5 ½ to 7 ½ times in length of snout, twice in interorbital width. Dorsal 75-82, originating well in advance of base of ventral, nearly 5 times as long as anal, once and ¼ as long as its distance from end of snout. Anal 19-20, originating at equal distance from base of pectoral and from base of caudal. Pectoral obtusely pointed, nearly ½ length of head, ventral 1/3 length of head. Caudal densely scaled, with rounded lobes. Caudal peduncle 1 ½ to 2 times as long as deep, 1/3 or less than 1/3 length of head.

95-100 scales in lateral line, 21-26 / 28-32 in transverse series on body, 32-36 in transverse series between dorsal and anal, 18-20 round caudal peduncle. Pinkish or brown, sometimes with a broad bluish-grey stripe extending along each side of the body and tail.

Total length 570 millim.
Upper Congo.—Type in Congo Museum, Tervuren


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