Morphology Data of Macruronus novaezelandiae
Identification keys
Abnormalities
Main Ref. Cohen, D.M., T. Inada, T. Iwamoto and N. Scialabba, 1990
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors
Remarks

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features striking shape of body
Body shape lateral elongated
Cross section oval
Dorsal head profile more or less straight
Type of eyes more or less normal
Type of mouth/snout more or less normal
Position of mouth terminal
Type of scales
Diagnosis

Dorsal surface silvery, with a purple or blue-green tinge; plank and belly silvery; fins darker. Body very elongate and compressed with a tapering tail, dorsal and anal fins confluent with the caudal fin (Ref. 33856).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Macruronus novaezelandiae

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
Barbels 0
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb 21 - 24
on upper limb 6 - 7
total 27 - 31
Vertebrae
preanal
total 78 - 81

Fins

Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes extending over most of the back length
Fins number 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   0 - 0
Ventral  0 - 0
Spines total 12 - 13
Soft-rays total 96 - 106
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes pointed; confluent

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 0 - 0
Soft-rays total 89 - 93

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Spines     0
Soft-rays   17 - 20
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    thoracic  beneath origin of D1
Spines     0
Soft-rays   7 - 8
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Reyes, Rodolfo B.
Modified by Reyes, Rodolfo B.
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