Morphology Data of Ecsenius kurti
Identification keys
Main Ref. Springer, V.G., 1988
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
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

Description: Dorsal fin XII,13-15 (usually 14); anal fin II,14-17 (usually 16); pectoral rays 13-14 (14 in only one specimen, and only unilaterally); pelvic fin I, 3; caudal-fin segmented-rays 13. Vertebrae 10 + 21-23 (usually 22). Incisors and canines look very similar, 42-46; posterior canines 4-7 on each side of specimens at least 25 mm SL, 42-46. Lateral line without pores, terminates below dorsal-fin spines 9-11 (usually 10). Anterior nostril with cirrus on posterior rim only. Overall pale to dusky grey with spoke-like markings on iris. Head darker in males, darkest above mid-orbital level; with spot at midpostorbital margin, dusky, may be absent, but may also extend to the opercle as a stripe connecting to the middle body stripe; some with short, diffuse, dusky stripe on opercle; with streaks on ventral surface of head from lower lip to margin of gill opening. Body with three stripes, slender, dark, equally spaced at the pectoral-fin axil region, continuous anteriorly but posteriorly breaks into dashes and spots from the region below segmented-ray portion of dorsal fin; dorsal stripe along the lateral line, middle stripe from head to caudal-fin base as a dark spot, ventral stripe from pectoral-fin axil to caudal peduncle as a dark spot; also with spots, dark, usually 4 or more spots in each "stripe"; some also with bands, faint and dusky, 7-8 along dorsal contour (Ref. 5296, 90102). Body depth 5.3-6.1 in SL, at origin of anal-fin (Ref. 90102).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Ecsenius kurti

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 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 12 - 12
Soft-rays total 13 - 15
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 2 - 2
Soft-rays total 14 - 17

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   13 - 14
Pelvics Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   3 - 3
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Olisa, Kristine Elaine Paz
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