Morphology Data of Enneapterygius philippinus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Holleman, W., 2005
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

Pectoral-fin rays15, at least some branched; caudal peduncle without distinctive bar or marking; body without well defined bars; body, head and fins of males densely and evenly covered with melanophores, lower half of head generally darker than upper, in immature males and females less densely covered with melanophores sometimes showing indistinct oblique bars on body and anal fin; supratemporal sensory canal C-shaped, running in a curve in front of the first dorsal-fin spine; single symphysial mandibular pore present; no labial folds.

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Enneapterygius philippinus

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 29 - 31
Pored lateral line scales 10 - 15
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 3
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 13 - 16
Soft-rays total 8 - 9
Adipose fin

Caudal fin

Attributes more or less truncate; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 1 - 1
Soft-rays total 15 - 17

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Soft-rays   15 - 15
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    jugular
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Hilomen, Teresa
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