Morphology Data of Enneapterygius rhabdotus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Allen, G.R. and M.V. Erdmann, 2012
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 oval
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

Male blackish on fins and anterior three-fourths of body , and yellow caudal-fin with median black band. Female yellowish with 3 broad, greyish double bars divided by thin grey line, broad black bar at base of caudal-fin, and greyish head with brown markings. Head, chest, and pectoral-fin base scaleless; long and slender orbital tentacle; mandibular pores 3-4 + 3-4 + 3-4. Maximum size to 3.2 cm TL (Ref. 90102).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Enneapterygius rhabdotus

Lateral Lines 2 Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 30 - 40
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 - 18
Soft-rays total 7 - 11
Adipose fin absent

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 - 20

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Soft-rays   15 - 17
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    jugular
Spines     1
Soft-rays   2 - 2
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Hilomen, Teresa
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