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Marcusenius moorii is recognized by the following combination of characters: eight circumpeduncular scales, 37-45 lateralline scales (median 41), 17-26 dorsal rays (median, 24), 24-33 anal fin rays (median, 30) and dark vertical bandcovered by two (rarely three) scales. Depth of body 26.6-32.8% SL; length of head 24.1-28.0% SL, head,1.1-1.3 times as long as deep. Snout blunt, its length, 24.5-28.6% HL; mouth terminal, submental swelling prominent and forward-projecting.Teeth, bicuspid, five in upper jaw, six in lower. Eye small, 12.9-15.6% of the length of the head. Dorsal fin length 18.5-20% SL, with 17-26 rays; anal fin length 23-26% SL, with 24-33 rays. Anal originates in advance of dorsal by 3-4 rays. Pre-anal distance 92.53-98.37% of predorsal distance. Pectoral fin, twice as long as pelvic, and extending slightly beyond its origin. Caudal peduncle length 15.8-18.9% SL, 2.3-3.1 times as long as high. Caudal fin small with pointed lobes. 37-45 scales in the lateral line, eight circumpeducular scales. Between the dorsal and anal fins there are 14-20 scale rows, including the lateral line. Color: reddish grey on flank in life, with dark grey-brown band between dorsal and anal fins, extending to the tips of the first 5-10 rays. Ground color in alcohol brown.