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barbel

(bär′bəl)
n.
One of the slender, whiskerlike tactile organs extending from the head of certain fishes, such as catfishes. Also called barb1.
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2b); milky-white patches at the base of last pectoral-fin ray and on the inner posterior margin of skin flap connecting maxillary barbel; basal portion of first ray and last ray of the pelvic-fin pale yellow, distal portion of adipose-fin pale yellow, more pronouncedly at anterior portion and posterior end of adipose-fin, dorsal and ventral margin of caudal fin yellowish and distal tip of pair fins yellowish with reddish patches in pectoral fin.
These three specimens look like typical mainland specimens, but differ in their short filamentous barbels (38.2-40.2% of head length) a characteristic which they share with P.
15.0-16.8 % SL); a shorter space between the eye and nasal barbel (eye to nasal barbel 9.3-10.2 % HL vs.