Morphology Data of Mascarenichthys microphthalmus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Schwarzhans, W. and P.R. Møller, 2007
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

This species possess the following distinguishing characters: D 67-69, A 52-55, pectoral fin rays 19, D/A is 19-22, V in D 2.0; vertebrae 11+29-30 = 40-41; anterior nostril located 1/4 the distance from upper lip to aggregate distance to anterior margin of eye; small eyes, 0.8-1.2 % SL; 2 pairs of free pseudoclaspers, the outer pseudoclasper simple, flap-shaped with pointed tip, broad at base, short, slightly shorter than inner pseudoclasper which is broad, with 3 ridges in anterior, posterior and inward directions and hidden in pocket of wide isthmus (in resting position); 6 scale rows on cheeks on upper part and 3 rows on lower part; presence of upper preopercular pore (Ref. 76869).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Mascarenichthys microphthalmus

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 14 - 15
preanal 11 - 11
total 40 - 41


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total 67 - 69
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total 52 - 55

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   19 - 19
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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