Morphology Data of Dermatopsis hoesei
Identification keys
Main Ref. Møller, P.R. and W. Schwarzhans, 2006
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 elongated
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

The species is characterized by the following: vertebrae 11-14 + 27-31 = 40-43, dorsal fin rays 67-77, anal fin rays 46-53; no scales on the head and body; posterior nostril large, about half size of eye; lower preopercular pore large, about size of posterior nostril or larger; weak spine on maxilla positioned behind rear tip of eye; single pair of pseudoclaspers curved, expanded and paddle-like, longer than penis, without fleshy appendices; otolith with pointed posterior tip and concavity above and massive postdorsal angle, otolith length to height ratio 1.9-2.0, sulcus with divided colliculi (Ref. 57886).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Dermatopsis hoesei

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
total 5 - 10
preanal 11 - 14
total 40 - 43


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total 67 - 77
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total 46 - 53

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   17 - 22
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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