Morphology Data of Epapterus dispilurus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Vari, R.P. and C.J. Ferraris Jr., 1998
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

Distinct, irregularly-shaped, patch of dark pigmentation on each caudal-fin lobe which contrasts with the dark transverse bar extending from the upper anterodorsal margin of the dorsal lobe of the caudal fin to the posterior margin of the middle rays of the dorsal lobe; lack of a distinct patch of dark pigmentation on the ventral lobe of the caudal fin. Nuptial males have highly developed dorsal spine with well developed basal and distal anterior projections, modifications.

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Epapterus dispilurus

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
total 48 - 50


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 1 - 1
Soft-rays total 2 - 3
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total 54 - 61

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   11 - 13
Pelvics Attributes  
Soft-rays   14 - 16
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Torres, Armi G.
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