Morphology Data of Enneapterygius pyramis
Identification keys
Main Ref. Randall, J.E., 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

Short and slender supraorbital tentacle; first dorsal fin 25% shorter than second dorsal fin; female coloration white with black dots, densest on head and posterior half of body, bearing 6 red Y-shaped bars; male live colors unrecorded; lower side of body of male preserved specimens with 5 to 6 large, dark brown triangular marks, joining ventrally, cheeks with many small dark brown spots, and a dark band below the orbit. Dorsal rays III + XI-XVI + 7-11; lateral line interrupted, 15-20 + 15-20; mandibular pores 3-5 + 0-2 + 3-5 (Ref. 54980).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Enneapterygius pyramis

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)

Attributes extending over most of the back length
Fins number 3
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 14 - 19
Soft-rays total 7 - 11
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 16 - 20

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Soft-rays   16 - 17
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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