Morphology Data of Chaenophryne ramifera
Identification keys
Main Ref. Pietsch, T.W., 2009
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features
Body shape lateral short and / or deep
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

Distinguishing characteristics of metamorphosed female: esca with single elongate internally pigmented anterior appendage, approximately one-fourth to nearly one-third length of escal bulb, trilobed distally with 3 round translucent windows; anterior escal appendage flanked laterally by an elongate unpigmented swelling; absence of medial escal appendages; posterior escal appendages with swollen basal portion and compressed distal crest, with terminal, anteriorly directed crescent-shaped filament and a pair of anterior lobes each bearing none to several filaments; 2-3 filamentous anterolateral escal appendage on each side; basal series of 7-12 filaments on each side; total number of teeth in upper jaw 25-51, lower jaw with 33-53 teeth; ratio between number of teeth in upper jaw to lower jaw teeth 0.76-0.98; vomerine teeth 4-8; length of illicium 32.8-47.4% SL; escal bulb width 4.5-6.5% SL (Ref. 86949).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Chaenophryne ramifera

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
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total 7 - 8
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total 5 - 6

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   16 - 19
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei
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