Morphology Data of Enneapterygius randalli
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 supraorbital tentacle; first dorsal fin shorter by about 50% than second dorsal fin; females dark bluish gray, bearing black double bars; back with series of pink blotches found on edges of scales; abdomen, chest, cheek, and lips pale gray with black spots; red coloration on top of head; a broad, oblique black band from eye to mouth and on chin; transparent dorsal fin bearing red rays; dusky anal and caudal fins; base of caudal black; males generally black with exception of abdomen and presence of a broad oblique band, that is light gray with black dots, on the cheek; fins colored similar as females except with more black on caudal. Dorsal rays III + XI-XIII + 8-10; lateral line interrupted, 17-21 + 14-18; mandibular pores 4-5 + 1 + 4-5 (Ref. 54980).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Enneapterygius randalli

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 - 16
Soft-rays total 8 - 10
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 - 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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